What is the cost of distraction?
Open offices are fantastic conduits for increased collaboration and communication - but hand-in-hand with that goes distractions and of course, the inability to focus on the task at hand. Workers take it upon themselves to shut themselves away to focus, thereby decreasing the opportunity to work collaboratively... Making the move to an open office layout a double-edged sword.
Facilities will often trial sound masking products to alleviate distractions, but with less-than-fantastic results. Traditional sound masking uses generated broadband noise (white and pink noise) to "shut out" the distractions, but those frequencies are fatiguing and uncomfortable, and often result in complaints of headaches and increased stress.
Workers dissatisfied with open office noise
Source: Gensler Workplace Survey, 2013
Time it takes a worker to return to an original task after being interrupted
Source: “No Task Left Behind? Examining the Nature of Fragmented Work” from the School of Information and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine
Believe they would be more productive in a less noisy environment
Source: Plantronics Persona Research, 2017
Experience Workplace Wellness
We know that time in nature is rejuvenating and beneficial, and increases creativity and both mental and physical wellness. But yet we spend 87% of our time indoors, 6% in a car, and only 7% in nature! (Ref: US EPA Study)
Enter Habitat Soundscaping by Plantronics - bringing nature into the open office. Focusing on the key elements of sound and sight, Habitat taps into our innate human desire to connect with nature - known as biophilia - to create a space that is natural and restorative.
The Next Evolution of Office Design
Habitat Soundscaping combines nature and cutting edge technology to increase personal well-being and allow your workforce to excel every day.
Teamwork is the backbone of any business. With the Habitat Soundscaping solution, your team can collaborate anywhere, any time—without worrying about distracting nearby colleagues.
The Habitat Soundscaping solution minimizes distractions and enables workers engaged in thoughtful, detailed work to stay in the zone, regardless of what’s happening around them.
Nature relieves stress, rejuvenates the senses, and satisfies our most innate human needs. The Habitat Soundscaping solution brings that natural, restorative connection to your space.
Experience Habitat Soundscaping in Person
IComm is so excited to be one of the first offices in Australia to install Habitat Soundscaping in our open office. It's fascinating to hear it at work, and we'd love for you to come hear it for yourself. If you're interested in experiencing Habitat Soundscaping in person, get in touch to arrange a time to immerse yourself in our demo facilities in North Melbourne.