It may be common sense to you, but your cube neighbor with the changed-weekly-top-40 cell phone ringer may believe he is enriching your world.
FMLink’s Facilities Management News posted this guide today, from Cambridge Sound Management’s white paper. To see the full text, complete with detailed tips, read the FMLink article here, or download the white paper from the Cambridge website.
- Never use a speakerphone. Duh!
- Develop a softer telephone voice. Did you know your telephone may have a “sidetone” adjustment? It controls how loudly you hear your own voice, which effects how loudly you speak.
- Adjust telephone ring loudness.
- Set cell phones and pagers to minimum ring volume, or better still, vibrate mode.
- Take cell phones to a break room or other private space if a call is likely to be protracted.
- Listen to any music over headphones, not loudspeakers. And don’t hum. Like I do.
- Use Instant Messaging.
- Don’t make unnecessary noise in the office. Are you a gum-cracker? a coffee-slurper?
Cambridge Sound Management produces and installs sound masking technology. Nice! On their website, I saw case studies for some tough (read cavernous, brick- or stone-walled, and other acoustic nightmares) work spaces. Can they please do something for urban apartments?
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