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Excellent roundup on the impact of noise on human performance

Excellent roundup on the impact of noise on human performance
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We have never been subject to more workplace noise and distraction than we are now, but the challenges are more complex than they first appear

Source: workplaceinsight.net

Workplace Insight just produced an excellent round-up of research on the impact of noise on human performance. If you follow the topic, there won’t be any big surprises, but it’s great to have the data all in one place. Here’s some of the research cited in the report:

– The noise problem is getting worse

– 60% of work is individual, not collaborative

– A third of employees say the have to leave the building to focus

– 63% of employees say they don’t have access to quiet space

– 40% of executives understand the negative impact of noise on productivity, but only 6% mitigate it

– 75% of the noise problem is subjective

– Only 25% of the noise problem relates to its volume

– Even low levels of noice can reduce cognitive performance by 30%

– Some noise is good for creativity

 

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