Sound masking can make all the difference in open, collaborative office environments

We know that you want to design the most inviting office environment for your current employees as well as to attract new employees. You want to promote collaboration, interactivity, and creativity, but open office spaces can create problems that weren’t ever considered in a traditional office environment. For example, some of our clients have told us that controlling noise, while also considering their employees’ privacy and the security of their information, can be a challenge.

We’re excited to tell you that we’re working with Archoustics Northeast to offer the LogiSon® Acoustic Network, an award-winning sound masking system that reduces noise in office environments, particularly those with wide open spaces and higher ceilings.

This networked sound masking, paging, and music system is installed in hundreds of millions of square feet worldwide and has received numerous awards for innovation, performance, and ease of use. We’ve installed the system at our showroom in Norwood, MA and we can’t believe the difference. Our space is wide open and has very high ceilings, which could be a noise pollution nightmare. But with LogiSon, we can conduct a meeting at one end of the showroom, consult with a client, and hold phone conversations at the same time, without any interference.

The LogiSon system distributes a soothing background sound, similar to softly blowing air, throughout your facility. The sound masks frequencies in speech, which helps to increase privacy and reduce disruptions. It also covers incidental noises that would otherwise affect your employees’ comfort levels and concentration. It will become such a positive addition to your collaborative office environment and social spaces.

Typically, the system’s loudspeakers are installed in a grid-like pattern above a suspended ceiling. They also blend in with other exposed components in open ceiling applications. Small zones and fine control over both volume and frequency allow the masking sound to be customized to local conditions, ensuring that it’s comfortable and effective across your entire space.

Contact us to learn more about LogiSon. You have to hear it to believe it!

A Room without a View for the C-Suite

They say everything old is new again – and that goes for the way office buildings are being designed and laid out. For those of us in the industry, it seems like just yesterday that companies were looking for open floor plans, shared office spaces, and common areas where all employees, regardless of rank and status, could congregate.

Such equality among employees promotes collaboration and the free-flow of ideas, and is a trend that is hopefully here to stay. And while this open environment helps to attract and retain staff, it appears that some company executives (the CEOs, CFOs, CTOs, CIOs, and CMOs sitting in the C-Suite or executive row) want to go back to the days of a private office, complete with its own door.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, this tide is turning because of the need for privacy. Some CEOs are realizing that, in the absence of a space with walls to call their own, the ability to conduct a private meeting or conference call goes out the window. Communal work stations and spaces may seem idyllic, but if you need a place to quietly think, there’s no beating the good old-fashioned corner office.

In addition to the privacy factor, separate office space for C-level employees might even heighten office morale. The “family” atmosphere of shared space doesn’t consider the day-to-day state of the “head of the family.” For example, if the boss is having a bad day or if the boss has to raise his or her voice in an open environment, employees might assume there’s trouble in the workplace…and that could impact productivity.

While the communal office space concept is enlightened and likely here to stay in varying degrees, there are circumstances that exist where a room without a view of others makes sense. And the boss can still tell you that he or she has an open door policy because there is a door.