Designing the Workplace of the Future: Utilizing Soundscaping Technology to Enable Virtual Work Environments

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Published: 20 Oct 2017

Attempts to build giant collaborative spaces, to encourage interaction among employees, have the effect of interrupting the flow of cognition essential to creative thought. And, while collaboration is optimized, collaborative efforts often can’t compensate for the interruptions that destroy attention. Modern working arrangements are sacrificing innovation to the demands of real estate utilization and lower utilities costs. So what is to be done? One solution is to build virtual private spaces in amongst the open spaces of modern offices. This is done by isolating people from noise and confusion using technology. This paper explores the options available to companies that want to maximize office utilization and innovation while ensuring that employees are enabled to work effectively. One approach, soundscaping, which Plantronics is pioneering, is examined in detail.

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