Fixing Poor Acoustics in Open Offices

It's funny how it seems like opposition to open office plans is in direct proportion to age — the older the worker, the more crankier they are about the loud, annoying space and the "kids these days" who inhabit them. But what if everyone could be happy in an open office?

An article in our August issue points to some significant, tangible steps facility managers can take to prevent poor acoustics in open offices. They include design strategies like choosing acoustic ceiling tiles, as well as technology solutions like sound masking. The idea is simply to increase occupant satisfaction and prevent "presenteeism" - the notion that occupants are present, but not being productive because they're distracted.

What strategies have you found to be most effective for creating a good acoustical situation in an open office plan? 

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