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The importance of acoustics in the modern workspace


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As workplaces continue to transform and evolve, workers expect better ways of communication and collaboration to increase productivity. Many modern workplaces opt for open-plan spaces, however, with poor workplace design, and layout, unnecessary noised can be amplified throughout the room.

Interior designers can find maintaining pleasant acoustics in the workplace a challenge. This is where we can help. At Abax Kingfisher, we have a range of acoustic panels that will help you to achieve an acoustically conscious workplace.

What are acoustic panels?

An acoustic panel is a sound-absorbing panel used to mitigate background noise and reduce the reverberation and echo in a space. Whether you want to limit sound transfers, reduce background noise, and reverb time, it is important to determine the best location for the acoustic panels to achieve the finest performance. The factors you need to consider are:

  • The type of room
  • The activity of the space
  • Existing furniture
  • The materials in the space

Let’s take a deeper dive into the importance of acoustics in the modern work environment:

Boosts productivity

According to a study undertaken by ABC News, noise in the office increases the negative mood of workers by 25%. This directly impacts the ability to perform well at work. Implementing the correct acoustics can make a significant difference in an office setting. With reduced background noise, employees can focus on their day-to-day tasks without distractions.



Improves employee wellness

Did you know that intense noise is the most common trigger that causes physiological stress responses? Acoustic solutions are the perfect way for companies to achieve the right balance of sound within a collaborative environment. Ultimately improving employees’ physical and mental well-being.



Provides privacy

No matter how you communicate in your office space, not everyone in the workplace needs to know what you are saying or doing. Therefore, there should always be a private meeting area that is soundproof. Implementing acoustic solutions to these spaces allow sound to be absorbed ensuring employee privacy, all while reducing the noise and distractions.



How many acoustic panels do you need?

The effectiveness of acoustic panelling differs based on the type of material, thickness, and the amount of wall available to be covered. The more of the wall that is covered, the better the acoustic result.

Not sure where to start? At Abax Kingfisher your trusted office and education furniture supplier, we can help you choose the finest acoustic wall panelling for your space. Speak to one of our leading design consultants about ideas you may have, or give us a call, and we can start a conversation about bringing modern innovation and comfort to your classroom, library, or office space.


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