The research just keeps piling up against open plan offices that don’t control workplace acoustics well. The Sound Agency has an article out now stating that too much noise in the office can reduce the productivity of knowledge workers by 66%! The piece includes a link to a fantastic TED talk containing that statistic that you’ll want to watch (it’s less than 6 minutes long). In a survey conducted by the Leesman research group, almost 1 out of 4 employees stated they were dissatisfied at the lack of availability of quiet working spaces. If you don’t think these stats are acceptable, it’s time to do something about it. Cubicle wall vertical extenders can play an important role in the quest to create the ideal work environment. Just imagine how much more pleasant your office will be when you take Julian Treasure’s “sound advice” and get a handle on workplace noise!