Are You Working in a Desert Without Even Knowing It?

By Holger Reisinger

One in five of us are working in dry office environments that compares to Death Valley. It isn’t just bad for your health; it also reduces your productivity. Here’s how to fight back.

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How would you like to go to work every day in the Sahara Desert?

Me neither. Blazing hot and crackingly dry, they’re no place to conduct business. Continue reading

True wireless is here to stay…and that’s great news

by Daniel Gniazdo

2016 is the year true wireless earbuds have finally hit the mass market. From the Jabra Elite Sport to Apple’s much-discussed AirPods, there’s no shortage of earbuds to pick from. But is true wireless a fleeting fad or the future of hearables? We think it’s the latter. Here’s why.

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As the dust settles on the news that Apple’s iPhone 7 comes without the headphone jack, let’s take a closer look at the term “true wireless.”

Many felt outraged by Apple’s decision to drop the jack. Others praised it as a bold and courageous move toward embracing the wireless future. Who’s right? Continue reading

The Answer to All Your Questions – Your Inner Compass!

By Peter Hartmann

Seems like everyone’s talking about their “inner compass.” Contrary to what we think, where it’s pointing doesn’t matter. But something else does.

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“Is your inner compass pointing you in the right direction?”

I overheard that question asked the other day, and it stopped me in my tracks. Continue reading

Introducing the Swiss Army Knife of Customer Service Tools

By Holger Reisinger

 

Today’s consumers increasingly demand customer service on their terms. Maybe it’s time to follow the example of Dutch airline KLM and get more familiar with one of the customer service apps that does it all.

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We all know that customers have different preferences for how they want to access customer service. Some want to dial a number while others prefer to type out an email, use an app or visit our website.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was just one app that could accommodate every possible customer-service preference?

There is, and it can. Continue reading

TODAY – New Break-Through in Active Living

By Peter Hartmann

For decades we’ve enjoyed the freedom to take our music with us wherever we go. Today we begin a new era of freedom.

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The year was 1979. It was a time of big hair, big platform shoes, big bellbottom jeans and the big beats of disco music. Donna Summer, the Bee Gees and the Village People ruled the music charts. Continue reading

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.

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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

5 tips to stay “in the zone” at work


Today, I had a confetti day: this means that I had to spend the night in my kitchen, doing the things I was supposed to do during my workday – meaning earlier today. Confetti days are days where you are constantly interrupted with minor or major issues which were not on your original to-do list, making it impossible for you to complete even the smallest of task. It rips your day into little pieces and ensures that your program at close of business is roughly the same as it was at the start of the day. We all have those days, and it seems to be my turn today.

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Confetti days are part of the modern workplace. According to a study carried out at the University of California, office workers in the study were, at one point or another, interrupted roughly every ten minutes by colleagues, their smart phone, or e-mails. While not every distraction may throw you off course, there is a great deal of distraction to take into account, and some of it is bound to pull you away from what you were doing. Once thrown off track, it can take as much as 23 minutes for you to return to the original task, i.e., if you even succeed in getting back to the original task.

According to the study, the average interruption lasts approximately five minutes. Whether or not it takes you 23 minutes or more to get back to what you were doing, it adds up to many hours lost. It is frustrating for the individual interrupted, but also costs the business a considerable amount of money and lost opportunities. I think we can do better than that.

1. Tell people in your physical space

Simply telling people in your physical space that you are busy or need to concentrate will help some. Only rarely will people intentionally interrupt you if you have told them you are under pressure to perform. Actually, your co-workers will go a long way to protect you from interruptions and shield you from outsiders by taking care of questions and issues themselves.

2. Set presence indicator on “busy”

This is a no-brainer, but few of us do it. On your UC client: Lync, Jabber, etc., you can place a “don’t disturb” or “busy” tag to your status indicator. This means that your colleagues who are about to send you a message are warned not to. Since no one wants to be intentionally rude, they will often wait or send you an e-mail if it is urgent.

3. Get some music going

This one’s my personal favorite. I’ve written before about how the right music can really help you focus. On top of that, it masks some of the office noise around you.
This works even better when combined with a noise-cancelling headset like the Jabra Evolve. I promise I’m not saying this just because Jabra pays my bills. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt the need to slap on my trusty Jabra Evolve 80 and drown out the noise with some sweet Spotify tracks.

In fact, I wrote most of this very post while soothing tunes from Morcheeba washed gently over my ears. True story.

4. Don’t pick up the phone

I actually got this tip from my IT guy, who handles much of his work on the go. He says that 90% of questions solve themselves if the person asking the question is forced to leave a message. Thirty percent of all interruptions are questions from co-workers – at least some of them should be able to wait an hour or two. While this may not be the case for you or me, not feeling like you have to take every call is a good strategy when you have to get things done without interruptions.

5. Go somewhere else

Not being there to get interrupted is also effective. Finding a conference room or working at home, if possible, will save you from much distraction. This, however, is not always possible, as you sometimes need your workstation or just the feel of your desk to make you productive.

Unfortunately, confetti days are here to stay – they are a fact of the modern workplace. You can avoid much distraction by making use of some simple tips and tricks. However, if all else fails, you need to do what I will be doing in a minute: wait for the house to get quiet and then work from the kitchen counter.

 

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Why Are We All “Getting In the Zone”?

By Peter Hartmann

The weather outside was miserable, so I headed over to the fitness club to resume my half-marathon training.

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I laced up my shoes, plugged in my earbuds, fired up RunDMC and began pounding the indoor track. As I glanced at the others working out that day — running, spinning, lifting — I couldn’t help but notice how many, like me, were wearing headsets or earbuds. At least 8 of every 10 by my count. Continue reading

Can Dirty Socks Increase Your Performance?

By Peter Hartmann

From being the last one on the field to growing out scraggly beards, sports stars engage in all kinds of crazy rituals. Do they work? The answer may surprise you.

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Tennis star Serena Williams wears the same pair of socks throughout an entire tournament.

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo gets a fresh haircut before every football match.

Baseball’s Wade Boggs ate chicken before every game – and always fielded exactly 150 groundballs during infield practice.

These and many other sports star rituals are enough to make you wonder if athletes are little nuts. 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.

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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 Sport Pulse headphones. They’re the first headphones that provide automatic fitness testing. Continue reading