Hearing 'meaningful' sounds decreases performance on cognitive tasks

Open office plans are becoming increasingly common in the workplace — offering a way to optimize available space and encourage dialogue, interaction and collaboration among employees. However, a new study suggests that productive work-related conversations might actually decrease the performance of other employees within earshot — more so than other random, meaningless noises….

Open office plans are becoming increasingly common in the workplace — offering a way to optimize available space and encourage dialogue, interaction and collaboration among employees. However, a new study suggests that productive work-related conversations might actually decrease the performance of other employees within earshot — more so than other random, meaningless noises….