In France, 57% of office workers claimed that their ability to focus was impacted by one or several noise sources, while in the US, research into the working habits of 40,000 office workers found there was no evidence that open plan offices offered benefits over closed alternatives. In fact, open plan workers complained more about sound privacy. And privacy is vital, especially for video calls. People want peace and they don’t want others to hear their conversations.
For those working at home, there may not be noisy colleagues around, but there could be loud neighbours, noisy traffic, distractions from other people in the house or apartment, clacking heating or cooling systems, televisions or devices that are too loud and perhaps the occasional barking dog.