While some people are noisy by nature, others are more comfortable being quiet. What does the level of noise in your workplace mean about the productivity of your colleagues? This article by Roberta Chinsky Matuson identifies some valuable possible benefits of being quiet.
However, in some lines of work, recruitment for example, a bit of noise can be a very good thing, with talkative people helping to build connections or facilitating new ideas, and generally building a team environment. And being too quiet can sometimes be a hindrance – we all need to be able to ask questions and be heard.
There might well be a link between quietness and productivity, but productivity is more likely to be linked to personal preferences in environment – noisy or quiet. So we shouldn’t make assumptions based on the amount of noise that someone does or doesn’t make before considering what they actually get done.