I’m currently working in an open concept space – surrounded by whiteboards, but not, ironically, people who are working collaboratively*. Thus, the space has become a “quiet only” zone.
Given the recent studies that shows ambient noise is a booster of productivity and creativity (eg. http://www.jstor.org/stable/info/10.1086/665048, which you should take with a grain of salt – I haven’t read anything other than the title), I thought I’d share something that my colleague introduced me to… http://coffitivity.com/.
It’s been featured on lifehacker, and plenty of other places. Given that I don’t drink coffee, you wouldn’t think it would be particularly useful, but surprisingly, I’m enjoying having ambient noise. It drowns out other people’s loud conversations, and simultaneously is somewhat relaxing. It also sounds pretty decent over a light veneer of baroque music.
Anyhow, one more tool to add to my toolkit. Thanks Jake!
*Please see comment below.