Plantronics + Polycom. Now together as logo

Workplace 2019-09-06T21:06:43+00:00

Acoustics and the open office

Inability to focus is the bane of the open office. Humans are hardwired to listen for speech—we can’t turn our ears off. Open office acoustics interfere with cognitive tasks like reading, reasoning, and accessing working memory.

Acoustics matter

What about white noise?

Generated broadband noises—white or pink noise—can be fatiguing and uncomfortable, often resulting in complaints of headaches and stress.

What is the impact?

Knowledge workers are taking matters into their own hands by shutting out their environment to avoid distractions. Collaboration is lost in the battle for more focused time.

Why Habitat Soundscaping?

The Habitat Soundscaping solution provides a unique solution, enabling workers to focus in an open office, collaborate as needed, and experience an increase in personal well-being—all at the same time.

Listen to the difference

Habitat Soundscaping

Play Audio

Traditional sound masking

Play Audio

The cost of distraction?

Generated broadband noises—white or pink noise—can be fatiguing and uncomfortable, often resulting in complaints of headaches and stress.

0%
Workers dissatisfied with open office noise

Source: Gensler Workplace Survey, 2013

0Min
Time it takes a worker to return to an original task after being interrupted

Source: “No Task Left Behind? Examining the Nature of Fragmented Work” from the School of Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine

0%
People surveyed believe they would be more productive in a less noisy environment

Source: Plantronics Persona Research, 2017

Calculate Your Cost of Noise

Reduce interruptions naturally

Patent-pending technology built into the Habitat Soundscaping solution, intelligently monitors workplace acoustics. Distraction sensors detect changing noise levels and dynamically adjust speaker volume in surrounding areas to support collaboration without disrupting nearby focused work.