How to Make the Workplace Quieter
Working in a loud workplace can be stressful for both employees and customers. Taking measures to quiet your workplace can help employees to feel happier and more productive, and make customers more likely to come back. Below are some things any business can do to reduce the noise within their business.
Take Measures to Quiet Equipment
Some machinery and equipment are naturally loud. Luckily, most pieces of equipment can be modified to make less noise. Even doing little things like replacing the wheels on some equipment with noise reducing casters or using quieting boxes made of cork around the noisiest part of the machine can help. All in all, most pieces of equipment or machinery can be changed in some way to make it quieter. However, when you do so, make sure that you are not changing the device in such a way that will ruin the warranty (if applicable).
Set Up Quiet Spaces
Setting up quiet spaces for employees to relax can help to reduce stress. These quiet spaces work well for employees that work in construction, with noisy children, or in other naturally loud environments. All you need to make a quiet spot is an extra room. To make the room comfier, add some soft furniture. Having a sign-up sheet to make sure too many people are not in the room at once can also be beneficial.
Provide Headphones and Earplugs
If it is safe to do so, offer employees headphones or earplugs to block out some of the noise. Sometimes, people feel better listening to one loud noise (like music) than many less-loud noises. Wearing earplugs can lessen the noise as well. Decide what option is best for your business and employees.
Making the workplace quieter, or allowing employees to escape from the noise, can make employees happier and more productive. The happier an employee is, the longer they are likely to stay with your business!