Work more effectively with a silent PC
Your phone, text messages, WhatsApp and Messenger on your mobile are all set to do not disturb. In your browser there is only a YouTube tab (with an Adblocker) to play quiet classical music. Your colleagues know that if your door is closed, you should not be disturbed for a while. You're ready to finally tick off that report or write that one article. You start Microsoft Word. Type a few words. And then suddenly a fighter jet starts to take off slowly under your desk. At least, that's what it sounds like when your PC's fans start blaring. It can also be quieter.
Silence in the office has become a scarce commodity. The new working methods such as Agile working and scrumming focus on interaction and collaboration. The introduction of open workplaces and flexible workplaces went hand in hand with a growth in communication channels and coordination. But there is often less space planned for reflection and contemplation. And that has serious consequences for job satisfaction and efficiency, according to a series of studies:
- In open offices, the reduction in productivity due to noise is twice as high as in a closed office (Workspace satisfaction: The privacy-communication trade-off in open-plan offices 2013, by Jungsoo Kim and Richard de Dear).
- Exposure to loud noises affects the cardiovascular system. (Occupational exposure to noise and the cardiovascular system: a meta-analysis, 2010, Gianfranco Tomei)
- Employee productivity and job satisfaction suffer from the open office (The Physical Environment of the Office: Contemporary and Emerging Issues, 2011 University of Leeds)
Having your own office, working from home or a quiet room naturally help enormously with claiming your own silence. Walls, carpet, doors, suspended ceilings… there is a quieter version for everything. But it is mainly the devices around you that make noise. Just listen around you. Silence therefore starts with yourself first: get rid of those notifications and annoying ringtones. And then take a critical look at your PC. Can't it be quieter? Yes, and that will make a lot of noise.
How to make your PC quieter
A workstation It has several parts that make noise. On the one hand, it can be hardware such as a hard disk, the DVD player or burner. On the other hand, it is mainly the fans that prevent specific computer components from overheating. The power supply, processor, video card and sometimes even the motherboard chip are cooled with its own fan.
Manually checking these parts and replacing them with a quieter version is quite a job. Suppliers like I'm quiet therefore design and manufacture silent workstations and so-called fanless PCs customization. Hardware and software are coordinated with the exact application in mind. Fast, expandable and above all quiet. A quiet PC also gives you more energy efficient use and less dust in the computer case, so that means less cleaning. This way you work quieter and more efficiently.