Aussie workers are being inundated with a barrage of sound, and we don’t like it, according to the findings of a new study by Sony.
The Sony Sound Report reveals the most irritating and disruptive sounds in our workplaces and discovered that more than half (54 per cent) of those surveyed found it difficult to concentrate at work due to noise pollution. 44 per cent of people say office noise makes them irritable and one in three go so far as to suggest it increases their stress levels.
So, what exactly constitutes as noise pollution?
For a third of us, it’s colleagues laughing and talking loudly. While 32 per cent say telephones ringing and not being answered ranked as annoying. Almost three in ten people surveyed described colleagues sneezing, coughing or sniffing as noise pollution, ranking higher than the sound of nearby construction.
What can we do to remedy the situation?
The majority of respondents are willing to grin and bear it, with 56 per cent saying they will just try to ignore noise pollution. 26 per cent use headphones to listen to music or a podcast to cancel out the noise while 23 per cent will move to a different room.
The report findings coincide with the launch of Sony’s wireless noise-cancelling headphone, the Sony WF-1000XM3.