With Tania Barney, Tania Barney Consultancy & Training &
Paige Hodsman, Saint-Gobain Ecophon
Office noise can be a significant problem for knowledge workers, particularly in open plan environments. Auditory distractions have an impact on performance, health, well-being and overall workplace satisfaction with a significant cost to business. Individuals are known to differ in their sensitivity to all of the senses, including the auditory sense.
To date, much of the research and development in workplace psychoacoustics has focused on individual psychological factors. Understanding of individual neurophysiology and the implications for office noise remain largely unexplored. In 2018, a literature review was conducted exploring neurophysiological differences in sensory processing and the implications this has for the workplace, including office design.