Why background noise may help us work better

Our environment has a huge impact on the way we work and how happy, efficient and productive we are. With many people working from home at the moment, much of the conversation around workspaces has centred on how to avoid distractions like loud housemates, children and neighbours doing lockdown DIY. But what if you’re finding it hard to get work done because it’s too quiet at home?

If you’re used to working in an office with ambient noise, you may find it surprisingly difficult to work from a quiet home. Instead of the usual sounds of colleagues chatting, coffee machines, printers and typing, there’s just silence — which to some people, can be deafening.

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