Nudging your way to less office noise and increased productivity

Are you getting distracted by colleagues talking on the phone or having conversations across the office?! If you are in an open plan office, more than three quarters (78%) will feel the same way.

Read on to find out how nudging can play into reducing noise and interruptions in the office and as a result increase your productivity.

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Why We Can’t Escape Noise – and Why That’s a Good Thing

Are barking dogs, roaring traffic and the din of the workplace driving you crazy? There’s a good reason why we have a hard time escaping the noise around us (and you probably won’t like it).

Woman standing in the middle of street full of noise

It’s every airline passenger’s nightmare, and one we’ve all experienced. The shrieking child two rows back.

Pity the poor parents; they try everything but with no luck. The meltdown persists. Escape is impossible. You and 100-plus other captive passengers reach your breaking point. Nerves fray. Tempers flare. Continue reading

The True Power of Sound – from Embryonic to Old Age

The wrong sounds will make you and your loved ones stressed, tired and anxious. Get expert advice for creating a healthier, more positive sound environment and have sound work for you – not against you!


Welcome to Part 1 of my conversation with Lyz Cooper, founder of The British Academy of Sound Therapy and who have spent more than two decades conducting research into sound and offering courses, training, sound therapy and music to promote health and well-being.

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One In Five Is Affected By Tinnitus – Is It Interfering With Your Work?

Tinnitus is a ringing or buzzing in the ears that affects one out of every five adults. It’s more than just an annoyance; it can affect your performance at job.

Can you hear it?

That ringing in your ears. Or maybe it’s a buzzing, hissing, roaring or clicking sound….

Noises in your ears may be the telltale signs of tinnitus, a medical condition that affects more than 20% of the adult population. Continue reading

Best noise-cancelling headsets for a loud call center

Call centers can get loud. To deal with the background noise, call center employees may opt for noise-cancelling headsets that help them hear and be heard.

Call center agent wearing Jabra Biz 2300

What separates a busy call center from a regular office is the amount of calls people handle on a daily basis. It’s kind of in the name. Call center staff spend their days talking on the phone, surrounded by a lot of noise from their colleagues.

The job of a call center employee quite literally depends on being able to have clear, noise-free conversations with customers and clients. So it’s not too surprising that noise-cancelling headsets are some of the most sought-after tools for a call center. It’s as important to make sure the customer hears you clearly as it is to reduce the amount of noise around you.

That’s where dedicated noise-cancelling headsets for call centers come in. They help you solve two main call center concerns: “Will they hear me?” and “Will I hear them?”

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QUIET!! Careful What You Wish For!

We spend virtually all our waking hours immersed in sounds – sometimes to the point where we plead for quiet. So let’s visit a place where we find nothing but total silence. But beware: It’s not for the faint of heart.

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How many times has this happened to you? … You spend an entire day bombarded by sounds: Children crying incessantly. The monotonous banter of coworkers. The nonstop ringing, beeping and vibrating of your smartphone. Cars and trucks endlessly droning past your window.

Stressed, fed up and frazzled, you reach your breaking point and exclaim, “Just give me some silence!”

It’s natural for humans to want to escape the seemingly endless noises we encounter and the stress that comes with them.

But be careful what you wish for. Because silence – the absolute silence we often profess to want – can make you crazy. And not just the casual “yeah, whatever” crazy, but “get-me-out-of-this-place-now!” crazy. Continue reading