In many new-age office settings, open floor plans are commonplace. These spaces generally allow for a more collaborative, team-based environment, which can enhance the bonds amongst your employees.
Open spaces can also have negative impacts on workspaces, but luckily, there is a solution: sound masking. Here, our experts at Aufderworld will walk you through sound masking systems and help you determine if you should implement one at your business—because not only open office spaces can benefit from them.
What Does a Sound Masking System Do?
A sound masking system does not provide a massive distraction in the business place; instead, it causes a subtle distraction that most people don’t even notice.
Each sound masking system is built so it automatically adjusts to the acoustics of the room it’s occupying. Using a system of sensors, controllers, and speakers, a sound masking system causes white noise to radiate through the office or other places of business. This causes a very subtle noise to travel through the space, so employees cannot hear as many distractions as before.
Sound masking systems are not only used in office spaces. They're often utilized in various other businesses, education facilities, and more. If you were to implement a sound masking system in your hotel or resort, you could increase the comfort of your guests. If installed in hallways, it would block noise from or diminish noise for other guests.
Sound masking systems can also be useful in public spaces, like libraries. It would block the excess noise and allow others to be more productive.
Sound masking systems are also great if you are looking for increased privacy in your workplace. If your business deals with many confidential files or deals, such as law firms and hospitals, sound masking systems can be used to muffle private conversations from your employees, clients, guests, and more.
Is Sound Masking Right for Me?
Typically speaking: yes. Because sound masking is so subtle yet so effective, nearly any workspace would benefit from its presence. We discuss its universal benefits in our blog. The short version: sound masking boosts comfort, ups worker efficiency, and assists in helping protect confidential legal information. Who wouldn’t appreciate at least one item on that list?
That being said, there are businesses for which sound masking is an exceptionally smart choice. Does yours fall into one of the categories below?
Open Office Plans
This increasingly popular workspace format comes with its fair share of positives: flexibility, affordability, and transparency, according to Indeed. But one thing can get in the way of your team reaping the benefits of a collaborative space: noise. Large companies with open office plans can turn the workday into a never-ending, headache-inducing ruckus that makes it impossible for anyone to get anything done!
You, of course, want to reap the benefits that come with this sort of plan—and that’s impossible when your employees can’t hear themselves think. This is where sound masking comes into play. By distorting faraway conversations while leaving nearby ones audible, this technology creates a space where close-knit collaboration becomes possible, but your team still gets to work in relative peace.
Indeed, sound masking is essential for open-office plans; we discuss this topic in further detail in our blog.
Businesses That Deal With Sensitive Material
Do you run a healthcare business that must abide by HIPAA standards? How about a financial institution that must adhere to strict confidentiality laws? If your answer to either of those questions is ‘yes,’ you need a sound masking system.
Because these systems decrease the chances that a faraway person might eavesdrop on a private conversation (intentionally or otherwise), they’re an amazing choice for any company that takes classified information—and the related wellbeing of their clients—seriously.
What Aufderworld Can Do For You
When you request our help with your audio/visual system needs, our team of professionals will meet with you to discover exactly what you need.
We will come to your commercial business to analyze your current system or to analyze your facility to determine if a sound masking system would be right for you. From there, we will:
● Determine Your Budget
● Design Your System(s)
● Test and Install Your System(s)
● Answer Any Questions You May Have
Contact Aufderworld Today for Top-Notch Sound Masking System Installation.
If you are in the Twin Cities area and looking for a team to customize a state-of-the-art speech privacy system for your commercial business, contact Aufderworld today. Since opening for business in 1983, we have helped countless businesses enhance their facilities with custom A/V systems.
To learn more or get a quote, give us a call at 763-233-7700 or message us on our contact page.