PeakStop, SafeTone, IntelliTone…what?!

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by  Daniel Gniazdo

If I asked you what the purpose of a headset was, you’d probably say something like, “To help me talk to the other person, obviously!”

First, there’s no need for such a condescending tone. Second, you’d only be half right.

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While a good professional headset is definitely there to help you communicate, it also has another, more subtle purpose: To protect your ears from loud sounds. A great headset will amplify your voice while keeping your hearing intact. This complex concept is best illustrated as follows:

  • Voice = Good
  • Loudness = Bad

Noise cancellation in modern headsets filters out background noise and makes your voice sound clearer. But it does little to shield you from the loudness of the call itself. That’s what hearing protection tech does…

Nowadays, professional headsets come with some form of integrated technology that protects your hearing. And this is what PeakStop™, SafeTone™, and IntelliTone™ are all about. They’re simply Jabra terms describing this built-in hearing protection.

But what do these terms mean? Continue reading

Great Results from a Full Year with New Ways of Working

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By Holger Reisinger

A full year has passed since I first posted my New Ways of Working “brain dump”on the blog, and what a ride it has been. I am very proud to say that this “deep dive” on how we organize work has been a (work) life-changing one so far. I have had the privilege of inspiring individuals and businesses alike all over the world to look to the future, innovate, and improve their businesses.

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This blog is an outlet for me to be able to talk about the things close to my heart: better workplaces and conditions for knowledge workers and managers alike, and I feel fortunate to have been able to inspire and provoke thought in relation to the future workplace. There is much to do still. I hope you will continue this journey with us: changing business productivity one idea, one blog post at a time. Continue reading

Finding the right UC headsets: Business requirements vs. personal preferences

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The way we communicate at work has changed dramatically over the last several years. For many, the desk phone now sits unused in a closet. More people are using rapid-fire communications on Skype for Business, Join.me, Lync, Jabber, and Google Hangouts while wearing their professional headsets and working hands-free.

Headsets In The Office

You might also have a personal USB / Bluetooth speakerphone for those conference calls. If you’re on the move, you might be using a Bluetooth headset to take the call with you once you leave the office.

Some people own and use a number of different headset in parallel, which they acquire based on ad hoc decisions about what they need at the time. This haphazard method is not the best approach for most businesses, Continue reading

Why Urbanization Will Stop

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By Holger Reisinger

Urbanization is killing rural villages all over the world. And the new mega-cities are destroying the environment and quality of life. I have an idea how to make this development stop – by creating the perfect community of the future.


It’s the end of civilization as we know it. And it’s one of the largest challenges for most countries in the world.

Urbanization is changing the demographics and economies all over the world. People move to the major cities, leaving the rural areas empty without any prospects for the future. Village houses are unsellable, and rural communities slowly die out, leaving behind only the oldsters and the outcasts. At the same time, prices for housing are exploding in the cities, forcing people to work longer and longer hours in order to make a decent living.  Continue reading

Triple connectivity in office headsets – the case of Jabra PRO 9470

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by  Daniel Gniazdo

We’ve learned about multipoint a while ago. To recap: Multipoint lets you use one Bluetooth headset to connect to two phones simultaneously. Today, we’ll look at how modern professional headsets take this concept even further, letting you do some pretty cool things…as far as calls go, that is.

Man Using Jabra Pro 9400

While Bluetooth multipoint is limited to two simultaneous connections, some professional headsets let you connect up to three phones at once. Let’s use the Jabra PRO 9470 headset as an example. (Some other headsets, like the PRO 9465 Duo work the same way.) Continue reading

Have you realized your potential yet?

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By Holger Reisinger

Most of us are good at our job. But how do we know, if we are as good as we could be? Well, in my experience, if you want to perform at your best, first you need to understand your own work behavior and build on that. Maybe you are the Guardian at work or the Game Changer. Perhaps the Genius or even the Guru. One thing is for sure: you have potential. Now let us find out what it is!

Work Potential Tool

Ideally, every day and every assignment should be fun and thrilling. But, as we all know; some days are harder than others. However, if you feel, that things could be more fun and much less challenging than they are. Then perhaps you stuck in a way of working, which does not make the most of your abilities – and your capabilities. Which means you have probably not yet realized your full potential. Continue reading

Do You Trust Your Colleagues? …Honestly

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By Holger Reisinger

Should employees be allowed to work from home? New research shows that most managers say “No.” And that’s a shame. Because all evidence indicates that working from home boosts productivity and employee satisfaction. So, it’s time to take a hard look at the evidence and put an end to the mistrust and prejudice. Starting from the top.

“James, I think your cover’s blown!” by Ludovic Bertron

Just the other day, I witnessed an awkward moment at a neighboring table in our cafeteria. Continue reading

We need to talk!

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by Holger Reisinger

Thank you for tuning in today – we need to talk!

I say ‘talk’ for a reason, because I very intentionally chose not to write today’s blog post. Instead I want you to literally read my lips.

According to one of my favorite TED talks; Sherry Turkle, Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT talks about modern communication and how we see a shift from conversing with each other to simply connecting. Continue reading

The Hidden Secret of the Super-Productive

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By Holger Reisinger

If you tune into your biological clock, you can do ten hours of work in half the time and stop stress at the same time. All it takes is a piece of paper and a little understanding from your co-workers and your boss. 

Have you ever wondered why some of your co-workers manage to be more productive than the rest of the bunch? You know, those “annoying” elite workers that meet all their deadlines without ever working late? I must admit that it puzzled me for quite some time until recently when I discovered the hidden secret of highly productive people. All it takes is to be fully in tune with your internal biological clock. And here’s the good news: we can all learn how.

The secret to being super-productive Continue reading