A busy work flow in the office might become commonplace after a while. People eventually tune out the noise of printers, phones ringing, and conversations, but subconsciously these things are still distractions. Some office doors do a better job of mitigating this than others, but generally the sound isolation is only fair.
A 2002 study on office privacy showed that while it may be easy to ignore distant speech that is unintelligible, speech that could be easily understood is almost impossible to ignore (Sound Masking in the Office). The study also found that speech can often be intelligible up to 50 feet away, which can be a significant challenge in smaller or busier offices.
Just how much of a difference does that make? In a Berkeley study in which 65,000 people were surveyed, over 50% reported being unhappy with the level of noise and lack of speech privacy in their offices (Cry for Quiet Pierces the Office Buzz).
Acoustically sealed office doors offer a viable solution. By forming a superior seal with the door frame, these doors can sonically isolate a room substantially better than a typical office door. The sliding design can save work space as well, which is ideal for private offices along the perimeter of a central work area. The total noise heard in any given room is then largely limited to what is happening in that room, minimizing the bleed through. Each work area feels distinct, which can increase productivity and lower stress levels.
If you are an office administrator or an architect planning an office renovation or construction project, contact us for more information about how acoustic office doors can lead to better work environments.
- From Cubicles, Cry for Quiet Pierces Office Buzz
- Sound Masking in the Office: Reducing Noise Distractions to Increase Worker Productivity