Build for productivity
The modern office has to be flexible enough to accommodate an increasingly diverse range of activities and employee types. According to a recent Leesman Report, The Next 250K; 58% -78% of an activity based employee's time is spent working individually on concentrated work away from their desk, making it important to provide the right environment for employees. As revealed in the same report, "poor adaptation of appropriate behaviour in activity based work places is a significant problem that limits widespread organisational benefits". This highlights the importance of providing the right spaces to encourage and increase productivity.
An important combination
Managing distractive noises around the office, while still offering a flexible, private and engaging working environment, can be a challenge. Many companies with open plan offices have met this challenge by introducing meeting rooms or quite spaces that require both high sound absorption and sound insulation. Sound absorption manages the acoustics in the room, where sound insulation is responsible for preventing sound transmission between a room and a neighbouring space. According to Lloyd's Register Acoustician, Per Trojgaard, the best scenario is to use building materials with both properties. Noise in one room can travel above the partition walls and through the ceiling, disturbing workers in the adjoining office. For example, room-to-room sound transmission can reduce productivity up to 7%.