When office noise levels do not align with preferences and
expectations, negative moods can result and stress can build.
Both negative moods and stress have been tied to degraded
professional performance and interactions with others. Although
professional acousticians are regularly hired to optimize the
soundscapes of office workplaces, this resource is for interior
designers to keep up with relevant research studies to apply
in their broader practices. At-work sound-related experiences
are often a hot topic for discussion, particularly among office
users who are a little—or a lot—“concerned” about this aspect
of workplace design.