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​​​​​​​Poor acoustics can cause a cacophonous din leading to headphone-wearing in open-plan offices; Headphones create distance that eliminates a key advantage of bringing workers back

WEST HARTFORD, Conn, October 12, 2021 — As businesses plan for the fall and they consider bringing workers back to offices on full-time or hybrid schedules, more employers are asking what advantages accrue from having teams in the same room.

The answers are complex and varied and run the gamut from efficiencies, economies, culture, collaboration and cohesion. The arguments against are similarly complex, varied and compelling. For businesses that elect to bring workers back, optimizing the positives and minimizing the negatives can be a challenge.

“If you’re going to ask your team to come back to the office, don’t you want that experience to be as productive, efficient and comfortable as possible?” asks James Young, VP of Strategy – Lighting, Legrand North & Central America. “We found that businesses that manage office acoustics improve the quality of conversations and collaboration among their teams. Those who haven’t, have headphone-wearing workforces operating in personal silos and extract little of the value of being collocated with team-members.”

Businesses hope to bring employees back so they can enjoy the productivity, community and humanity gains of working together safely. Yet much research has suggested that office acoustics play a huge part in how the working day takes shape.

According to a study within the Harvard Business Review, a lack of sound privacy is the biggest drain on employee morale. Additionally, the American Society of Interior Designers reported that 70% of workers say that they would be more productive in a less noisy work environment.

Acoustic lighting solutions offer integrated lighting and acoustic systems that provide optimal illumination while also controlling noise levels in open, multi-purpose environments. A number of Legrand lighting companies are focused on elevating acoustic lighting solutions, providing a more productive, efficient space for employees to work.

Focal Point, a Chicago-based, vertically-integrated architectural lighting manufacturer offers integrated lighting and sound management solutions that go beyond illumination, with beautifully simple forms that ease specification, sourcing, and installation. An ever-expanding portfolio of linear baffle systems, acoustic clouds, ceiling tiles, and decorative acoustic pendants, available in a common palette of 25, Declare Certified, LBC Red List Free PET felt colors, contributes to connecting people and creating beautiful, functional environments for human comfort and well-being.

Finelite is committed to developing better, more energy efficient lighting. The company offers a range of acoustic luminaires that are high-performing, sound-absorbing and designed to meet your human centric lighting needs. Finelite’s solutions allow companies to achieve desired reverberation levels with a consistent aesthetic and provide an online calculator to make design simple and easy. Recently, Finelite integrated Indigo-Clean – Legrand’s exciting new groundbreaking technology – making mitigating Covid as easy as turning the lights on. Moreover, these luminaires are third-party verified Red List Approved through the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) Declare 2.0, expanding Finelite’s sustainable and healthy product portfolio.

Pinnacle, a manufacturer based in Denver, Colorado, offers multiple fixtures with Acoustic Solutions. Available in both illuminated and non-illuminated form factors, these fixtures help bring warmth to your design while effectively absorbing sound to ensure your occupant’s comfort. Choose from over 20 standard acoustic panel colors while matching the fixture frame color to the panel to allow for consistency and cohesion within a design.

OCL, based in St. Louis, Missouri focuses on providing decorative luminaires which create visual interest in today’s open space interior designs. OCL’s acoustic luminaires come in a variety of forms that are available at different scales and colors. Beyond OCL’s standard portfolio of luminaires, they also work with architects and designers to provide custom and unique lighting and acoustic solutions that bring interior designs together.

The Legrand portfolio of lighting and controls companies extends to every touchpoint within a built environment. Strategic acquisition has enabled Legrand to organically grow trusted brands into industry leaders at every category of lighting. From designer switches and outlets and easy home audio that improve the aesthetics and capabilities of a space, to intelligent data center solutions and innovative architectural lighting that will make businesses more efficient and functional, Legrand provides a broad range of end-to-end solutions for use in commercial, industrial, and residential applications.

“We work to improve lives by transforming the spaces where people live and work, through innovative products and solutions that deliver and manage power, light and data,” commented John Selldorff, CEO Legrand North & Central America. “We do this by relentlessly pursuing both sustainable business practices and the creation of exceptional experiences for our customers.”

​​​​​​​About Legrand 

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for commercial, industrial, and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. The Group harnesses technological and societal trends with lasting impacts on buildings with the purpose of improving lives by transforming the spaces where people live, work and meet with electrical, digital infrastructures and connected solutions that are simple, innovative and sustainable. Drawing on an approach that involves all teams and stakeholders, Legrand is pursuing its strategy of profitable and sustainable growth driven by acquisitions and innovation, with a steady flow of new offerings—including Eliot connected products with enhanced value in use. Legrand reported sales of €6.1 billion in 2020. The company is listed on Euronext Paris and is notably a component stock of the CAC 40 and CAC 40 ESG indexes (ISIN code FR0010307819). https://legrandgroup.com