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20 April 2017

Building for productivity

Survey reveals that over 40% of employees are dissatisfied with their office acoustics

As we transition more toward a knowledge-based economy, recognizing the effects of good indoor climate and acoustics on employee satisfaction and productivity will become more relevant – especially with more than 92 percent of a company’s operating costs linked directly to personnel expenses.

Studies show that a building’s design plays a huge role in creating an optimized work environment and there are valuable insights that can drive workplace strategies, exposing office design pitfalls that negatively impact workplace productivity.

In the “100, 000+ data report” by The Leesman Index, the largest independent database of workplace effectiveness data, we learn about the physical features that employees consider important to creating an effective workplace and how content they are with the current ones.

Why sound matters

There are a number of important fundamental things companies can do to enhance the overall satisfaction of employees – and many of them are easily improved.

Interestingly however, access to natural light (77.3 percent of respondents) and noise levels (76.5 percent of respondents) are ranked the highest when measuring the physical features of a building, something that is not easily adjusted. What’s more, of the people surveyed, noise levels had the lowest overall satisfaction with only 29.7 percent of respondents being happy with their current office acoustics.

With more than 40 percent of the 100,000+ survey participants being dissatisfied with the office acoustics, it shows the importance that acoustics have in a workspace environment.


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