Be careful of low noise in the office
Posted On 12/02/2019
Be careful of low noise in the office
With high-concentration noise figure, the low-noise noise inside the office has a human body injury coefficient. Since the 1960s and 1970s, open-plan offices have become popular in Europe.
Many companies concentrate their employees in an area that is not fully enclosed, unless the company simply uses “a big replacement like a gaming table.”
銆€銆€The so-called convenient working environment for staff exchange is conducive to stimulating people’s creativity, fostering an open professional attitude, and of course, it can also replace the boss’s provincial office expenses.
However, a new study shows that open offices have the above-mentioned effects on the health of employees.
銆€銆€An open-minded Australian scholar, Vinash Uman, recently published a report in the Asia-Pacific Health Management Journal.
According to the report, 鈥淓mployees working in an open office environment will face losses, loss of self, performance degradation, health damage, excessive stimulation, and low work acceptance.
Uman said that in an open-plan office, employees are highly vulnerable to insecurity as content written on the computer and telephone conversations are 鈥渕onitored鈥?by others.
Competitive noise can interfere with employee focus and reduce work efficiency.
Staff are too close, sharing office equipment such as telephone and fax, and it is easy to cause friction and unhappiness.
銆€銆€An open layout will allow diseases such as influenza to spread among employees.
In addition, health problems such as excessive stress and high blood pressure in employees are also related to open offices.
銆€銆€Uman’s report pointed out that open office can save about 20% of the construction cost, but the overlap, such as staff efficiency, sick leave, etc., in the long run is greater than the cost of building a traditional office.
He suggested that a closed small office would be more conducive to improving work efficiency.
銆€銆€Low volume noise is even more injuring Uman is not the first researcher to point out the drawbacks of open office.
Licensing, researchers at Cornell University in the United States found that the sound of office equipment such as computers, copiers, and fax machines, the sound of air conditioners, the voices of colleagues, and the ringing of telephones, although not very loud, would also cause peopleEmotional stress.
銆€銆€The researchers randomly arranged 40 female secretaries to work for three hours in a relatively quiet and slightly noisy open-plan office.
It was found that workers in the noisy office had very high levels of adrenaline, indicating that they felt a lot of stress and the risk of heart disease increased.
Under normal circumstances, people can maintain normal reaction speed and attention under the sound of about 40 decibels.
Working in an environment with a temperature of more than 50 decibels for a long time can lead to emotional irritability, decreased hearing, and even nerve damage.
銆€銆€With a high noise noise figure, the noise of the low volume noise on the human body.
Employees in high-level noise, because of the harsh environment, are easy to walk, so they will move back and forth.
Low noise noise is often not easy to attract employees’ attention. It is easy to forget to adjust posture after getting used to nature, so it is easy to produce “repetitive fatigue”.
銆€銆€Building a Green Partition Wall If you can’t change your working environment, consider how to survive in an open office.
First, you can put on your headphones and get up from your seat for a short break.
This not only relieves stress but also increases work efficiency.
銆€銆€It is also important to build the wall.
You can create a private space with books, folders, lamps and photos.
If the environment permits, you can also decorate the partitions to add vitality and give you more security.
銆€銆€By placing green plants in your own open space, you can also get unexpected results.
They are not only good partition walls, but also make people calm down and improve their work efficiency.
A columnist in the Financial Times, wherever he went, brought a pot of cactus with him and wrote it on the desk.
As a result, his writing volume increased by 13% during the week.