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The Best Soundtrack for Productivity

Now that more employers are transitioning to open-plan offices, workers increasingly get to enjoy all clacking of keyboards and yakking of their colleagues—sorry, “spontaneous collaborative input.” In tandem with move away from cubicles and toward communal work benches, some offices have also started using sound-masking white noise in order to allay distractions, improve focus, and reduce the number of mutinies that can occur when someone overhears the same tired joke for the fourth time in one day. The idea is that this background noise can help make conversations unintelligible from several feet away, even when everyone is in one large room. But researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute think they might have stumbled on a better solution. ….[READ]

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