Silence is golden in every term possible. It’s a well-known fact that in order to concentrate completely at the workplace we need a lot of silence. In modern times our offices are generally located in the urban centers which are always full of noise. The traffic and the regular office commotion is a very real fact of working in the modern setup.
This is where the importance of having a silent office crop up. Now one might wonder how an IFM company helps the office with that. Well, the answer is that it can in more than one way. The fact is that the holistic objective of any professional IFM company is to make the facility under its mandate a super productive one. Hence it’s clear that the duty of an IFM company goes beyond regular housekeeping and maintenance.
The art of creating silent workspaces is known as Sound Masking, It’s a very specialized process and needs certain set of expertise.
Sound masking is a process by which low-level, specific-frequency sound is intentionally added to space. It works by making the intelligibility of spoken voices lower. Source: FacilitiesNet
Sound masking as a service or a technique does not especially focus on blocking the sounds. The idea here is to cut down on the chaotic noises. To achieve this most of the sound-masking is done by installing speakers high in the ceiling. These speakers emit the sound in a frequency as of blowing air. For the office dwellers, this sound is similar to the sound of HVAC working. The only difference is that this sound is continuous and is not by any means annoying.
What’s more with sound masking?
Conducting sound masking for an office, as we have mentioned before is a very specialized task. The team has to check on many parameters before starting to work on it. At times ceiling might not be a feasible area to install the equipment, under such conditions the setup is installed in the stair area or concealed at the floor level. Apart from that, it has to be seen how much footfall is there in the office. If the crowd coming in the office is heavy then it’s obvious that a better and stronger system has to be put in place.
Modern offices have zones of workspace that often require separate and sometimes competing for acoustical performance considerations, so facility managers need to make acoustical choices depending on how space is being used. Inside of conference rooms, speech intelligibility should be high, while transmission of sound outside of the space should be blocked for privacy purposes. But for the bulk of office space — occupants at work stations and shared public spaces — speech intelligibility should below. Source: Facilitiesnet
Acoustic balancing is a critical element here. The service provider has to make sure that things are properly audible in the area. Now, the audible factor may vary from zone to zone in the office. If you consider the acoustics of a meeting or conference room then things have to be more audible than that at the work cubicle. All these are just some of the examples of the elements that need to be considered while working on Soundmasking of an office.