Wireless Revolution! – 56 Years in the Making

By Holger Reisinger

The cords on our tools and devices are dropping like flies, enabling us to work better, faster and more efficiently. So why aren’t all businesses embracing the wireless revolution?

Forget the microchip, self-driving cars or stealth technology, I’ve discovered the world’s greatest invention.

The electrical cord. Or, more specifically, the absence of one.

Everywhere you look, the cords are dropping off our tools and devices. Forget about buying a corded drill to tackle that home improvement project, almost everything is cordless today. Continue reading

Four Fascinating Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Sound

By  Brian Andersen

Sound travels at 1,230 km (767 miles) per hour – beyond that magic happens. Read on to discover some fantastic facts about the power of sound.

Sound has immense power. It can inspire, enlighten, heal – even help us get more done on the job.

At Jabra, we’re fascinated by the power of sound, no matter what form it takes – from the annoying blaring of a car horn to the soothing, rich notes of a symphony. Our work has led us to discover plenty of interesting things about sound, and we’d like to share a few. Continue reading

The Secret to Determining How Fit You Really Are

By Peter Hartmann

If you’ve ever wondered if your workout routine is making you more fit – or if it is just a waste of time – there’s now an easy, accurate way to find out.

We’re working out like crazy. But are we getting in better shape?

That’s a question all of us who push to stay fit often ask ourselves. Sure, maybe we’ve shaved a few seconds off our last time or done a few more reps, but is all that time, sweat and effort we put in at the gym making us any healthier?

Fortunately, finding the answer to that question just got a whole lot easier. It’s why I’m so excited about our Jabra Elite Sport earbuds.

With them, along with the Jabra Sport Life app, we can determine our cardiorespiratory fitness, or – in nonscientific language – how well our heart and lungs work, which is an outstanding indicator of overall health. It’s all done by measuring something called VO2 max, which is the maximum amount of oxygen our bodies can effectively use while working out.

The more oxygen we can use, the more energy we can produce and thus the better we can run, bike, ski, chase Pokemon, you name it. Our VO2 max score is represented by a two-digit number, say 42. In technical terms, this stands for 42 milliliters of oxygen per kilogram of body weight per minute. Whether your score is good or bad depends on your fitness level, of course, as well as your age and gender.

In general, the higher the number, the more fit you are. For a 25-year old male, a VO2 max score over 50 is considered excellent, while 45 and above is excellent for a woman of the same age. Professional athletes can have off-the-chart scores. Take Tour de France winner Chris Froome. His VO2 max is nearly 85!

Measuring Your Fitness… Right from Your Phone

The problem is, although VO2 is the gold-standard for measuring cardiorespiratory fitness, determining it isn’t easy. Gauging yours would require a visit to a specialized lab, where you’d don a breathing mask, tether yourself to a bunch of machines and proceed to work out like crazy. It’s time-consuming and expensive, and something few of us can afford to do often.

Fortunately, with the Jabra Elite Sport we don’t have to.

By combining Jabra Elite Sport earbuds with the Jabra Sport Life app, you can get a real-time picture of your VO2 max anytime and effortlessly track your fitness over time. The Elite Sport earbuds measure your heart rate via your ear while you’re running. Enter your age, weight, and gender into the Jabra Sport Life app, and it can instantly show you how fit you are – and where you can improve. Plus, it’s amazingly accurate: about 95% compared to traditional lab tests.

Since VO2 max is a great indicator of our general physical health, what’s the key to increasing it? It isn’t much of a secret, actually: Exercise. Studies show  that consistent exercise can noticeably increase VO2 max. The effect increases with intensity, too. Six weeks of moderate workouts can boost VO2 max by 10%, while high-intensity workouts can push that to 20% or more.

And the health benefits of boosting our VO2 max are potentially life-changing. For an average person who regularly works out to stay fit, a 10% increase in VO2 max can mean a 15% reduction in mortality risk.

Plus a high VO2 score also has a measurable effect on our athletic performance. If you’re already a good distance runner, increasing your VO2 max by just 5% can shave about five minutes off a 10K run.

It’s about time we settle the question of whether our workouts are making us healthier. With Jabra Elite Sport earbuds with the Jabra Sport Life app, now we know for sure.

How to Eliminate 3 Barriers to a Great Workout

By Peter Hartmann

What stands between you and your ideal workout session? Find out how an exciting new technology can give you the workout you deserve.

Let’s face it: Working out is tough. And not just the physical part.

Plenty of things get in the way of an ideal workout – like making the time, focusing on the task at hand and staying motivated, just to name a few. Continue reading

The World’s Greatest Auto-Reply Message

By Holger Reisinger

How far are you willing to go to tell your coworkers that you need some time to concentrate and get your work done? Check out the automated reply one of my colleagues just began using.

I just received this amazing auto-reply from a colleague I just emailed, and I just had to share it: Continue reading

9 Simple Tricks for Being More Productive at Work

By Holger Reisinger

In knowledge work, being productive is all about making the right decision and then taking effective action. Here are nine tricks for improving productivity through better concentration, collaboration.  

You’ll never guess one reason U.S. President Barack Obama cites for why he’s so productive at work.

Because he wears only blue or gray suits.

Sounds crazy, right? Continue reading

When “One-Size-Fits-All” Management Doesn’t Work

By Holger Reisinger

The trend toward increased worker autonomy is a challenge to traditional management techniques. But a simple workstyle-test can help you adapt your management style to get the most from your autonomous workers.

Autonomy in the workplace has been “the next big thing” for quite a while now.

By giving employees more flexibility in how they perform their jobs, autonomy holds vast potential to boost worker satisfaction and help companies earn big productivity gains.

So who could possibly find fault with this workplace trend? Continue reading

The Real Reason Your Coworker Keeps Sending you Emails

By Holger Reisinger

New research show us how to eliminate conflicts and increase productivity in the workplace. The key is understanding the different types of employee workstyles in the office to build trust and respect.  

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Have you ever wondered why some workers show up at the office promptly at 7 a.m., while others shuffle in at 9 every day?

Or why some are quick to organize a meeting when others prefer to resolve the issue with just an email or two? Continue reading

6 Ways to Burn Calories While Having Fun

By Peter Hartmann

Want to shape up and stay healthy? Let’s forget calories, and instead put the fun back into our workouts.

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How is this for depressing? On a recent trip to the U.S., I had dinner at one of those restaurants that prints the calorie count of each item on the menu. Imagine my surprise when I learned that my plate of grilled chicken taco salad registered a heart-stopping 1,200 calories. Continue reading

Boost Your Productivity by Understanding Your Workstyle

By Holger Reisinger

Increasing productivity requires more than just granting additional autonomy to individuals. It also requires understanding our workstyle and those of our colleagues. Use the Jabra Work Potential Test to explore your workstyle.

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I am a Genius.

And since 28% of us are, there’s a pretty good chance you’re one too.

In this context, Genius is one of four workstyles that describe how we prefer to conduct our work. It’s all detailed in a new whitepaper  that addresses one of the biggest challenges our organizations face today: How we can become more productive at work without sacrificing our happiness and well-being. Continue reading