The Importance of Optimising the Soundscape of Your Workplace

(and avoiding “noise rage”)

In today’s fast-paced work environment, the constant noise from chatter, ringing phones, and other distractions can make it difficult for employees to focus and be productive. A recent study by Steelcase found that these noise distractions result in an estimated 86 minutes of productivity loss per day. To combat this issue, companies are turning to “soundscaping” as a solution.

Soundscaping is the strategic design and management of sounds within a specific environment, with the goal of creating a more pleasant and calming work environment. This includes the introduction of sounds chosen for their ability to reduce stress, improve concentration, and promote a sense of calm and well-being. The process uses sensors to monitor workplace areas and automatically adjust sounds based on the noise and activity levels.

As workers return to the office, they may be less tolerant of pre-pandemic decibel levels, especially if they are introverts. A recent survey by HR Magazine found that 52% of office workers are concerned that noise levels will negatively impact their productivity, with nearly two-thirds fearing that their concentration will be broken and 42% worrying about slipping into “noise rage.” Excessive noise has been linked to health issues, including heart disease, and has been identified as the root cause of 3,000 heart disease deaths in Europe by the World Health Organisation.

Soundscaping can help alleviate these negative effects by creating a calming and productive work environment. By strategically placing sound-absorbing materials and playing ambient nature sounds, soundscaping can reduce background noise and create a peaceful atmosphere.

The benefits of soundscaping in the workplace are significant. It can improve employee focus and productivity by reducing stress and anxiety, which leads to improved concentration and better task performance. Soundscaping can also have a positive impact on employee well-being by reducing blood pressure, heart rate, and stress levels, promoting a sense of calm and tranquility, and improving overall mental health.

Furthermore, soundscaping can improve communication in the workplace by reducing background noise, making it easier for employees to hear and understand what others are saying, especially during virtual meetings.

At Sonitus Systems, we understand the importance of managing noise levels in the workplace. Silence is not always the answer to noise issues. Our automated acoustic monitor, AS180 Sonisens, can deliver soundscape intelligence for your workplace. To learn more, visit

Sonitus Systems offers both the hardware and software for a range of environmental parameters on a continual basis, with real-time information available through our Sonitus Cloud dashboard. For more details on our indoor and outdoor noise and air quality monitoring products and services, please contact the team at