Your phone, text messages, WhatsApp and Messenger on your mobile are all in trouble. 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 moment. You are ready to finally finish that report or write that one article. You start Microsoft Word. Tap a few words. And then a jet fighter suddenly starts taking off under your desk. At least, that is how it sounds when your PC fans start to roar. That too can be quieter.
Silence in the office has become scarce. The new work forms such as Agile working and scrumming focus on interaction and cooperation. The introduction of open work floors and flexible work places went hand in hand with a growth in communication channels and coordination. But there is often less space for reflection and contemplation. And that has serious consequences for work enjoyment and efficiency, as a series of studies prove:
- 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 sounds affects the cardiovascular system. (Occupational exposure to noise and the cardiovascular system: a meta-analysis, 2010, Gianfranco Tomei)
- Productivity and job satisfaction of employees suffer from the open office (The Physical Environment of the Office: Contemporary and Emerging Issues, 2011 University of Leeds)
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 variant for everything. But it is mainly the devices around you that make noise. Just listen around you now. Silence therefore first starts with yourself: end with 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 big difference.
This way you get your PC quieter
A workstation namely has different 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 their own fan.
Checking these parts manually and replacing them with a quieter version is quite a job. Suppliers such as I'm quiet therefore design and produce silent workstations and so-called fanless PCs customization. Hardware and software are coordinated with each other with the exact application in mind. Fast, expandable and above all quiet. A silent PC also gives you more efficient power consumption and less dust in the computer case, so that means less cleaning. This way you work quieter and more efficiently.