President & CEO of Aercoustics, an acoustical engineering firm specializing in the field of acoustics, noise & vibration.
Steve Titus is President & CEO of Aercoustics Engineering Limited, a privately-held firm that specializes in fostering innovation in acoustics, vibration and noise control. Steve was promoted to his current role in 2012, and has more than a decade of experience in acoustical design. Aercoustics works with architects and engineers to solve acoustic, noise and vibration issues for a wide variety of projects, from wind turbine noise reduction and measurement, to urban and residential planning, to expert witness testimonies.
With all the negative attention around internships, companies may be tempted to shy away from the idea, but this is a poor business decision. The investment you make in internship programs can provide a tremendous return for the company and the student, so it should not be overlooked.
Excessive noise in a health-care environment is not just annoying but studies have shown that it adversely affects patient healing. A U.S. study found the average noise level in hospital wards to be close to 95 decibels -- 10 decibels beyond the noise level at which U.S. federal law requires ear protection for prolonged exposure.
Though these are welcome changes to anyone who has endured noisy neighbours, the changes will not result in an immediate noise reduction for all as they are only applicable to new buildings. If you are facing noisy neighbours, there is some relief for existing multi-unit home owners.
Time is a precious commodity. Everyone wants more of it but there are only 24 hours in a day. And every company wants to be seen as innovative but it is not something you can always book a meeting to accomplish. Innovation usually requires an investment of time and resources.
Open offices create a more collaborative atmosphere because employees can interact more easily. However, there should be spaces that allow employees to be focused and others for collaboration. Open office frustration tends to happen when the spaces are not used properly.
A strong corporate culture is the DNA of any organization. From physical office space to the way colleagues at all levels interact in an organization, the highest performing cultures are ones that empower employees to learn from their mistakes and grow.