This is the time of year when not every small business employee may be feeling “merry and bright.” In fact, some may be feeling more like the Grinch. That’s because noise, especially in open-space work environments, may now be at a higher than usual decibel level with everyone getting into the holiday spirit. With more and more companies adopting open-space work environments (as many as … Continue reading Don’t let office noise dampen the holiday spirit among small business employees
Recently, in “Is small business worker productivity declining? Noise may be the culprit,” I looked at the effect of noise on worker productivity. Underscoring the impact of noise on productivity is a “2013 U.S. Workplace Survey” conducted by design and architecture firm Gensler in which 69% of survey participants indicated that they are dissatisfied with noise levels at their primary workspace. The Gensler survey found … Continue reading Employees and management may not see eye to eye on small business workplace noise
Are you concerned that your small business employees are less productive these days? In the first quarter of this year, the Labor Department reported that productivity – the hourly output per worker – declined at a 1.0 percent annual rate. Fourth-quarter 2015 productivity saw a 1.7 percent rate of decline. Furthermore, productivity has only risen in two of the last six quarters. Some attribute the … Continue reading Is small business worker productivity declining? Noise may be the culprit.
Fed up with all the noise surrounding you these days? Here’s something that may brighten your day. A new article just out in the April edition of The Atlantic entitled “The Future Will Be Quiet” looks at new technologies that will help make our noisy cities and suburbs quieter, such as quiet pavement and self-driving cars that could eliminate the need for sirens and horns. … Continue reading Don’t let noise drive your small business customers away