In this post, I’m going to highlight an interesting innovation that involves loudspeakers. If you work in a large office that has many workers then most likely there will be people sitting in close proximity to your cubicle. Oftentimes you will be bothered by other people talking on the phone. In addition, oftentimes you talk on the phone and don’t want your coworkers to listen in on your conversation.
This is where sound masking comes in. There are some companies that have developed unique products which take your voice and then generate a masking sound which is admitted over a pair of loudspeakers. The trick is that workers on the other side are unable to decipher the sound of your voice. The sound is shaped in a way completely mask out your voice.
However, don’t assume that you will be generating loud noise which is drowning out your voice. The technology used as much more intelligent. It takes in your voice and compensates for the sound waves and adds additional white noise in effect turning your voice into a white noise which is much less distracting to coworkers then listening to you.
These systems are sold either as complete units or as separate loudspeakers and a control unit. You may have applications where you will need only a few speakers. However, if you are surrounded by people then you will have to set up loudspeakers all around you. One of the tricky parts might be the wiring. Certainly, you don’t want to have to run wire across the entrance of your cubicle.
I would suggest to purchase some stands that house speakers. That way the speakers can be set up high enough in order to be effective. Using one of these new sound masking products should be an investment well worth it over time. It will increase your coworkers productivity as well as yours. However, it also keeps you nosy boss at bay.