Sources of sound irritants are divided into intra-office and external (outdoor). The noisiest are large open-space spaces with areas for talking on the phone, socializing, conferences, etc. Two-thirds of employees might work better if the office space were quieter.
The No. 1 complaint is considered distracting noise, which can be divided into three groups:
● Noise created by employees themselves, including conversations, footsteps, and sounds created by moving furniture and closing doors.
● Sounds coming from the technical installations of the building. These include heating, hydraulics, ventilation and air conditioning systems, as well as noise from elevators.
Noise from office equipment, without which it is impossible to organize work in an office. This group includes computers, printers, scanners, servers, shredders, telephones, and other devices.
External sources of noise are sounds from traffic, conversations of passersby and neighboring buildings coming from the street.