Here in C3, we have different areas, and on one of them, which fits about 35 desks, we play music, and is called the music room. It has been really popular!
The level of background noise to allow for conversations to spring about can also be achieved by installing white noise (sounds like HVAC system), it is quite effective, and people jsut think it is something that is part of the building - so people that “can’t” work with music playing wont complain. We have white noise in the rest of the space. We also have a quiet space (where talking isn’t cool), which is our counter part to the music room, so people have freedom to choose where they sit, and it seems to be working quite well for us…
The music room is our “loud” room, so it labeled as being the room where talking on the phone for a long time is ok (we have desks set up with phones actually), play videos, have louder team meetings etc…
If you have big enough a space to have different areas like this, I highly recommend it…
On Monday, August 13, 2012 6:34:49 PM UTC-4, RedRokk wrote:
Hey everyone, I have a quick question I would like to get your perspective on.
We just started offering co-working space here in Bellingham, Washington. Our space fits up to 20 people comfortably, but often times we only have 2 or 3. We have been playing with the idea of adding light background music to the space that would play throughout the day. The target customer is developers, graphic designers, copywriters, and startups. We are wanting to make the space feel a little more active during slower points in the day or week.
This is a very interesting research study done on noise levels. It suggests a specific level of noise actually encourages more collaboration and creativity: http://news.illinois.edu/news/12/0514NoiseCreativity_RaviMehta.html
What are your thoughts on playing music in the background?
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