How to Keep a Workplace Quiet

Office partitions can reduce or eliminate noise in an office.
Office partitions can reduce or eliminate noise in an office. (Image: Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

A noisy work environment creates a distraction for employees and guests. Keeping the workplace quiet, however, is a challenge for companies with a large number of employees in one space. Ringing phones, loud phone conversations and chimes from office equipment are usually the culprit behind loud workplaces. Keep your workplace quiet by changing the office policies and space layout. Office partitions are a common way to separate employees from one another and office equipment to keep the noise level down.

Measure the space around each employee desk in your office. Ask the property manager in your building for a floor plan to create a space plan for your partitions based on the measurement of each desk.

Arrange the furniture in your floor plan so that the office equipment is in a separate room or surrounded by office partitions in a faraway corner of the office. Group desks together in clusters of four or six to maximize the space and create walkways throughout the office.

Install soundproof office partitions based on your space plan and measurements. Each partition should be tall enough to prevent employees from talking across the partitions to help reduce noise.

Adjust the volume on each office phone so that it can only be heard by the employee in the newly formed office cubicle. Mandate the use of headphones when using the computer or listening to music.

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