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Noise is a Main Annoyance in Open Offices

It is currently accepted that noise is one of the most important annoyance factors in open-space offices. The majority of the 237 respondents consider that the ambient noise level in their environment is high and that intelligible conversations between their colleagues represent the main source of noise annoyance.

Speech from Coworkers is the Most Disruptive

This study addressed the issue of which office work tasks are more or less susceptible to disruption by the mere presence of irrelevant speech. The main findings are that the information search task and the two memory based tasks were affected by irrelevant speech, but the math task and the two fluency tasks were not.