Are consumer products damaging your work productivity?
Picture this: You're leaving the train station listening to your earbuds, when you get an important call from your boss. And worse, he's calling from a coffee shop where his headset is picking up everything BUT his voice.
Unfortunately, this is the mobile reality for far too many business conversations. The truth is that we have all experienced this too many times.
Much of this is due to using the same consumer earbuds and headsets we use to listen to music as a means of escape from the busy commute or to drown out the overwhelming noise in the workplace whether that workplace is the office or a local coffee shop. Music is also linked to increased productivity, which is great, but we need to ensure our work communications is equally as productive.
Last year, we surveyed more than 10,000 people across the globe to get a better understand for how people use communication technology at work, and how IT is helping to shape the future of work. We learned that the majority of remote workers (68%) don’t feel that their employer gives them the adequate tools for staying connected and remaining productive as they collaborate with their peers. This gap is what drives the workforce to use consumer alternatives to be more productive. The reality is the confidence of the remote workforce skyrockets with the right technology, yet employers aren’t always giving them the tools they need.
38% of people surveyed would like to work from home
70% of people surveyed reported would feel more confident working remotely with the right technology (Source: Breaking Barriers 2020)
Remote work and the consumerization of the workplace aren’t going anywhere. According to Global Workplace Analytics, 80-90% of US workers would like to work remotely at least one day a week. The global earphones and headphones market expected to reach USD 15.8 billion by 2025, according to research conducted by Grand View Research, Inc. We’re really on a collision course now with an increase in mobility while employees are relying more on bring your own devices (BYOD). So how can IT maintain control over the end-user experience, and at the same time, provide the workforce with the desired flexibility of remote working?
The reality is, today's workers shouldn't have to choose. Fortunately, there are a number of options available to ensure high-quality calls and meetings without forcing employees into headsets that make them feel like mission control agents. We have researched and selected some of the best products designed to use at work that allow your IT department to ensure you have the best possible experience. And don’t worry, your music will still sound great as well.
Fuze Recommended Headsets
Jabra Evolve 75 is ideal for people with high call volumes in noisy work environments. Featuring a uni-directional boom microphone and active noise cancellation, makes an ideal product for escaping the hussle and bussle of the workplace. The Evolve 75 transitions between calls and music seamlessly and can be used wirelessly or USB wired with 30 hours battery life and 15 hours of talk time.
Plantronics Voyager 8200 is designed for a person who want a consumer look and feel, requiring great voice quality and noise control, whilst having full control over their music experience. Featuring on ear calls and music controls makes it easy to control your experience without touching your laptop or mobile device. Voyager 8200 can be used wirelessly or wired (3.5 mm Jack) with a battery life of 24 hours for music and 20 hours for communications.
Sennheiser MB 660 UC is perfect for the person who want to optimize every aspect of their experience across communications, music, and entertainment. Sennheiser's noisegaurd technology creates a unique experience that allows you to truly immerse yourself in the call or music experience in any environment without distraction. MB 660 UC can be used wirelessly or wired (3.5mm Jack) with 30 hours battery life and has touch-sensitive controls for calls and music on the headset.
Fuze Recommended Earbuds
Jabra Evolve 75e is designed for active users, with busy surroundings, as the three ambient noise cancelling microphones prevent office or open space distraction and at the same time ensure audio quality is maintained for those on the call. The earbuds are magnetic to ensure placement of the earbuds is consistent and also puts the headset on standby to maintain battery life. They feature a busy light indicator for active calls and allow for full control of music and calls from the neck bar, with vibrate notifications for incoming calls. Battery life is 14 hours listening, 13 hours talking on a 2-hour charge.
Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC has four omnidirectional microphones to optimize the passive and active noise cancellation and triangulate the precise location of the person speaking for great audio quality. Both calls and music controls on the neck bar allow for quick transitions between music and calls. Plus the audio alerts and neck bar vibrations make it impossible to forget you’re muted or miss an incoming call. Battery life of 16 hours listening, 9 hours talk time, and 14 days standby, make it possible to make it through your workday easily without needing to charge.