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There is a kind of noise called “office noise”


As an office worker, do you always complain that the open office environment is too noisy? When you are busy at work or racking your brains to think, but interrupted by noise, you must be going to collapse.

Yes, a noisy workplace is not only an annoyance, but also reduces our work efficiency and increases our stress. 

So, where does this noise come from?

1.Noise from machinery and equipment

Speaking of machines, you must have thought of the paper shredder by the table, right?

Yes, the paper shredder has long become one of the indispensable equipment in the office, because we are in an era of very serious information leakage, especially in the office, important financial documents, business secrets, and personal privacy of customers. Once it is stolen by someone, it may lead to some serious consequences, so the best way is to completely shred them. At this time, the function of the paper shredder is obvious.

So how can we reduce the noise of paper shredders with such a high frequency of use?

We should start with the cause of the noise produced by the shredder:

The powerful cutting function of the shredder caused noise. It starts with a motor that rotates an impeller-this looks like a fan blade, but it has teeth (this is how it can cut and move air). The impeller draws air into the machine through vents on either side or bottom slot. When these blades rotate very fast, they generate suction, pulling the paper from the shredder slot at the top to the business end of the machine, where it first cuts and then shreds the paper. When these tiny paper scraps fall into the trash bin or conveyor belt, they will hit another rotating blade, which will crush and grind them until they become very thin.


OK, the function of the paper shredder determines that the noise is inevitable, but a good paper shredder can control the noise between 60 and 70 decibels, and this noise level has been able to make your ears comfortable.

After knowing these, you should know how important it is to buy a low-noise paper shredder.

To help you get started on your search, here are 5 quiet paper shredders that you should consider based on relevant factors.

Bonsaii Top 3 Quiet Paper Shredders

1.Bonsaii C149-C 18-Sheet Cross-Cut 60 Minutes Heavy Duty Shredder

Bonsaii is one of the most popular paper shredders for corporate use. There are good reasons for this.

With over 60 minutes of continuous run time, the quiet operation at less than 62 dB will give you one of the most smooth shredding experiences ever.

Shreds papers into tiny particles measuring 13/64'' x 1-37/64''(5mm x 40mm) high security level to avoid confidential information leak. It has no problem with staples, paper clips, CDs/DVDs, credit cards, or junk mail.

2.Bonsaii 3S30 18-Sheet Cross-Cut Commercial Heavy Duty Shredder

Most quiet paper shredders can’t handle too many sheets at once, but this powerful one can handle 18 sheets of A4 paper at a time. Even though the power is strong, the noise is limited to just 58 dbsYou can run this for 240 minutes, before you need to rest it for 9 minutes. Shreds 18 sheets of paper (Letter Size) pes pass, turns papers into 5/32 by 1-19/50 inches (4mm x 35mm) tiny particles for superior security, Security level P-4.

3.Bonsaii 5S30 5-Sheet P-6 Super-High Security Micro-Cut Shredder

The Bonsai is synonymous with tiny shreds and sturdiness. It one of the most quiet paper shredder when it is running. Additionally, it is multifunctional and can shred credit cards, DVDs, staples, and CDs. It is environmentally friendly, quiet, and delivers smooth operation. It maintains noise levels below 58 decibels and therefore will not disturb your workmates. It can turn a piece of paper into micro-cut particles with a size of 1/26 x 5/21 inches (1 mm x 6 mm), which enhances the safety level of P-6. After working for 240 minutes, it only needs to cool down for 9 minutes before it can be used

2.Traffic noise

Given that most offices are in office buildings on both sides of the road, if your company's doors and windows are not soundproof, your daily background music will be the sound of work whistle.


Currently, you have only two options:

The first is to buy a noise-cancelling headset. Some quality brands even boast 100% noise reduction using microphones and special processing to create an opposite sound wave than the one headed for your eardrum.

The second is to reduce traffic noise by increasing background noise. This sounds unreliable, but the fact is that when you are immersed in a comfortable white noise, other noises will not interfere with you so obviously.

3.Noises made by colleagues

Recall, when you are immersed in your own work, all kinds of sounds in the office, talking, walking, closing doors, phone. At this time, you should remind them, "Thank you for your voice. " and "Can you go to the conference room to discuss?" If the reminder doesn't work, you can only communicate with your boss.


You can give the boss the following suggestions:

1. Carpet

Relentless floor surfaces such as concrete, porcelain, and ceramics generate a lot of noise pollution, which can cause serious damage in the work environment. Carpet is a good noise reduction floor solution.

2. Add Plants

Well-placed plants have proven effective in reducing noise levels in an open office setting. The bigger the plant, the greater the impact, and the role of the plant is far more than just reducing noise, it can also purify the air and make employees happier.

3. Create Loud Zones and Quiet Zones

Consider ways to zone your office and set up separate areas for loud and chaotic energy, light collaboration and chatter, and deep focus.

In fact, creating a good office environment requires the joint efforts of enterprises and employees. Hope you can find the answer in the above method.

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