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Improving and ensuring good office acoustics is key to achieving good work performance. Decorators, architects and builders know this, and that is why office acoustic conditioning is currently one of the main reasons to renovate or move office premises.

Today’s offices are open spaces that foster collaboration, encourage trust, and promote relationship building and the birth of new ideas. But this transparency and use of shared spaces sometimes makes it difficult to maintain optimum acoustic comfort. And we don’t just mean a possible increase in volume, but also problems caused by reverberation and other annoying acoustic effects.

Poor acoustics increase distractions and interruptions and hinder concentration. This leads to frustration and stress and, consequently, reduces employee productivity and work performance. However, according to the article Productivity: How Acoustics Affect Workers’ Performance In Offices & Open Areas’, by David M. Sykes, PhD  taking care of office acoustics can reduce conversational distractions by 51% and improve an employee’s ability to concentrate by 48%. It also improves the error rate by 10% and reduces worker stress by 27%.

This can be achieved with the strategic use of sound-absorbent panels, such as Spigoacustic or Spigotec wood acoustic panels. The best locations to install them are on walls and ceilings in conference rooms, meeting rooms, concentration areas, offices, open work rooms and breakout areas or WorkCafes.

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