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Why office noise bothers some people more than others

Noisy environments

  • The Open office trend is seriously flawed is a majority of people have problems with the acoustics.
  • Not everyone works well in a noisy environment.
  • Companies can provide quieter areas for people averse to noise or for those who do certain specific tasks requiring focus.

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Ollie Campbell
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"In most workplaces, focused work is left to chance.If nobody's called you for a meeting that day, you might get an afternoon to yourself."

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  • The distraction of general noise around us: conversations or interruptions from colleagues in the workplace.

The former may seem worse, but both can be detrimental to our productivity—and sanity.

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For activities that don’t require concentration, music with lyrics has some benefits. But with immersive tasks, lyrics are especially destructive to our focus.

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