Spaces that Work – Workspace Etiquette

2019-11-08T22:43:53+00:00October 9th, 2019|Categories: Research, Trends|Tags: , , , |

With many clients going through workspace transformations, we’re frequently asked about workplace etiquette guidelines. As with any change, a new workspace – often with greater openness -  requires some conscious adjustment. While each company, culture and space is different, below are a few tips to help champion good etiquette in the workplace. REDUCING DISTRACTION: Most complaints about the open office center on noise and distractions since sound carries so easily. The office noise etiquette tips below can help to reduce noise: Remember to modulate your voice and not use speaker phones If noise bothers you, utilize headphones when appropriate Take advantage [...]

Spaces that Work – the ABCs of Acoustics

2019-10-26T00:33:30+00:00August 21st, 2019|Categories: Design, News, Research|Tags: , , , |

For all the benefits: increased collaboration, engagement and knowledge sharing; open offices bring acoustical challenges that can have a profound impact on the productivity, health and wellness and overall effectiveness of employees, a company’s greatest asset. Fortunately, there are numerous acoustic design strategies to create an acoustically balanced environment. Knoll Workplace Research has coined this the ABCs of office acoustics solutions: Absorb, Block, Cover. A - ABSORB: Minimize noise by absorbing sound with the use of porous materials such as suspended ceiling tiles, soft carpet, acoustical wall panels and fabric and draperies. B- BLOCK: Manage noise via sound avoidance through smart space [...]

Spaces that Work – Acoustics

2019-11-08T22:38:50+00:00January 15th, 2019|Categories: Research, Solutions|Tags: , , , |

We're kicking off the new year with a new series titled Spaces that Work. It combines the hot topics of space planning and the latest research with real world solutions that we are talking about with our clients every day. In this edition, we're tackling an important one, Acoustical Privacy. We've all seen the pendulum swing to open plan and despite some of the backlash (read the Harvard Business Review's "Unintended Effects of the Open Office" if you haven't), given the cost of real estate we don't see it changing any time soon. From the MMQB to the Wall Street Journal, [...]