Rather than a hard hat and safety vest, you wear casual dress clothes to work, which means that you do not have to worry about many hazards at your Arizona workplace, right? Even a standard office can harbor several hazards, including noise pollution.
Chron explored how an especially noisy workplace can impact your productivity as well as your safety. Understand whether you need to take steps to protect your hearing at work to avoid a workers’ compensation claim.
Physical health risks
Working in an environment with a lot of noise can negatively impact your physical health. Studies reveal that noise pollution in work settings can trigger an increased heart rate and blood pressure, both of which can prove deadly if not addressed. Excessive noise may also lead to preventable hearing loss.
Mental health risks
Expect your overall productivity to take a hit when you work in a noisy office without the use of something that can block out the noise, such as a white noise machine or headphones. In turn, your stress levels may increase at the frustration of being unable to get your work done on time and stay on schedule. Any work that you manage to do may not be of good quality, which could lead to additional work performance problems down the road.
There are instances of employees becoming depressed by working in an especially noisy workplace. Such a state of mind may lead workers to take more time off work, increasing the overall level of office absenteeism.
Have you felt that your workplace is a bit too noisy? Talk to your employer about putting measures in place to protect your hearing while preserving overall productivity.