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What is Sound Masking? (Definition, Examples & Benefits)

By Geoff Baltz on Jul 9, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Picture this: it's Monday morning. You come into work early to tackle your to-do list. You grab a cup of coffee, sit down at your desk and start typing. You make a lot of progress - until you hear the dreaded sound of your coworkers loudly discussing what they did over the weekend. 

From air conditioning and obnoxious ringtones to other people's voices, all these interruptions create a workplace full of distractions. Fortunately, sound masking can help

But, what exactly is sound masking and how does it work? How does it promote office privacy and a better workplace culture? Can it help you achieve an agile workplace and attract new talent?

Here at Egyptian Workspace Partners, we believe sound masking is just as important as any other workplace technology. In this article, we'll explain what sound masking is, how it works and its benefits. Then, we'll work together to help you find the best sound masking solution for your business. 

What is Sound Masking? 

 

Sound masking is an ambient background noise engineered to match the frequency of human speech. Similar to the sound of airflow, sound masking reduces noisy distractions, protects speech privacy and helps people feel more comfortable at work.

Topics: Privacy Sound Masking
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Privacy in the Workplace: 3 Ways to Promote Worker Productivity in 2021

By Brett Baltz on Jan 26, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Engagement in the workplace is at an all-time low. In fact, according to the Steelcase Global Report, disengaged employees make up one-third of the average workforce and only 13 percent of workers are highly engaged.

There's a lot of evidence to suggest that this lack of engagement has to do with the inability to find privacy in the workplace, threatening people's engagement, stress levels and overall job performance, as well as their emotional, cognitive and physical wellbeing.

To solve for the lack of privacy, every workplace should provide access to a variety of areas where people can easily collaborate, and private spaces where they can focus without being subjected to constant noise or distractions.

Here at Egyptian Workspace Partners, we believe solving for the lack of privacy in the workplace is as simple as creating distinctly different spaces that work for different people at different times.

In this article, we'll help you understand what the four different types of privacy are, and how you can incorporate them throughout your office to drive innovation, growth and employee engagement.

What are the 4 Types of Privacy in the workplace? 

As reported by Steelcase, there are four different types of privacy that people instinctively consider when looking for a private space. All four types tend to overlap with one another:

  • Acoustic privacy – Users are undisturbed by noise or can create noise of their own without disturbing others
  • Visual privacy – Users are unseen by others or free from visual distractions
  • Territorial privacy – Users can claim a space and control it as their own
  • Informational privacy – Users can keep analog and digital content (or a combination of both) and a conversation confidential

3 wAYS TO pROMOTE pRIVACY in the workplace 

1. Craft tailored experiences with an ecosystem of spaces 

To solve complex problems and generate new ideas, people have to be able to come together. However, too much interaction and not enough privacy can actually take a toll on employee creativity, engagement and wellbeing. 

Topics: Privacy