by Shannon Bloch
By Shannon Bloch
When we saw the cool, minimalist design and freedom of the open office, we dreamed of spontaneous collaboration, deeper connections with co-workers, and enhanced performance.
The reality? Too often the open office is a sea of distractions.
Loud talkers. Barking dogs. Mike from Marketing who won’t shut up. If you’re working in an open-plan office, these perils are just the beginning.
Despite the fact that leadership at some companies think employees only care about bean bag chairs and free food, surveyed workers* say that the ability to focus without interruptions ranks #1 on their workplace wish lists. Productivity trumps tacos. Who knew?
Those same open office workers reported that blocking out noise and distractions will:
Equip your teams with huddle, collaboration, on-the-go, at-your-desk, chaos-proof solutions, and they’ll get more done. And they’ll be happier while doing it. The happiness factor is crucial when you think about the issue of constant connectivity and the threat of burnout. Happier employees are less likely to turn over or tune out.
With a few technological tweaks, open offices can push back against the chaos—helping workers stay happier and more productive, even in the middle of Taco Tuesday.
Start with your huddle room. Put boardroom quality into your smaller spaces, make it easy to use and flexible with USB connectivity, and voilà! You’ve created an oasis for collaboration. The Polycom Studio USB video bar helps you upgrade your small room for teams to share big ideas.
If you’re like most people, the frenzy of everyday life has you in a dozen places per day. In your car, the coffee shop, the office, the conference room, the airport, and the lobby of your kid’s orthodontist. This scenario has multiplied in recent years, as changing workstyles have resulted in less people in the office and more working from home, in remote locations, and shared workspaces.
As the number of workspaces has grown, so too has the amount of communication.
As these two realities— more places and more communication— come together, we need collaboration devices built for work and lives on-the-go. That’s why we created two new additions to the Calisto family of speakerphones.
Calisto 3200 and Calisto 5200 are portable, personal speakerphones that allow you to plug-and-play for a professional audio conferencing experience from any room or remote location. How liberating—these little round black speakerphones give you the freedom to conference from anywhere by plugging into your phone, tablet or PC!
When I was trying to quantify how many different ways, and places, to use the Calisto 3200 or Calisto 5200, I was reminded of the 1975 song “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” in which Paul Simon sang about the variety of ways to get yourself free. Here’s the hook:
You just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don’t need to be coy, Roy
Just get yourself free
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don’t need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free
Similarly, there are at least 50 ways to use your Calisto to “get yourself free”! Sing along with me now:
For working that’s flex, Rex
Toss in your backpack, Jack
Unzip the case, Stace
Whip out the cord, Ford
Connect from WeWork, Dirk
From phone or PC, Lee
And get yourself free….
Now think of those back-to-back meetings that seemingly fill your whole day. Calisto 5200 keeps up! Using the 3.5mm cable, you can get sixteen hours of listening time. That’s sixteen hours you can participate in conference calls while thinking of more lyrics to add to “50 Ways to Use Your Calisto.”
16 hours to listen, Krissen!
Calisto portable speakerphones keep your mobile lifestyle and workstyle going by providing rich, clear sound for a professional conferencing experience. It’s true conferencing freedom! Which way will you choose to “get yourself free”?
By Shannon Bloch
by Jennie Morton
By: OM with Rob Kirkbride