A new era of hybrid working
Working from home is the new normal – and it’s here to stay.
Organisations are already looking to the long-term and updating WFH policies, heralding a new era of hybrid working and changing the way we work forever.
Before COVID-19, an estimated 30 million people worked from home on a regular basis. The number of telecommuters increased exponentially to more than 270 million last year. Everyone, from C-level execs to entry level workers, have had to ensure seamless productivity during this shift in the work environment.
The right tools for the job
— The key to ensuring you remain productive at home is selecting the right personal communications devices – including headsets and video cameras – for optimal voice and video calls. This doesn’t just apply to homeworkers but also those who do return to the office, who require the same optimised experience and comfort as they connect to remote colleagues. Unified communications platforms have seen exponential growth in the past 12 months and it’s predicted this trend will continue to rise, even when strict lockdown measures are lifted. It’s therefore crucial organisations carefully review the personal communications devices they are issuing to employees to make sure they have the right tool for the job. Typically, price is the key driver when procuring IT peripherals. However, with more users spending more time meeting virtually, the most important consideration going forward must be suitability and the appropriate tech spec to ensure people can remain productive, in comfort, and replicate the office environment wherever they are.
Making the best choices
— Unlike the requirement for IT departments to buy headsets webcams to keep in stock and distributed as necessary, organisations must now understand that every users’ requirement is different and tailor the procurement of personal communications devices accordingly. Poly have made this process easier by designing a range of headset solutions to suit everyone, considering wearing style preference, connectivity needs and workspace challenges. When selecting devices, these six considerations can help you make the best choices on a role-by-role basis: Connectivity – Do you require connectivity with just one or multiple devices? Will the device enable seamless switching between devices? Wires or wireless – Enable more freedom with wireless devices or never worry about battery charging again with a wired headset. Noise cancellation – Active noise cancelling (ANC) headsets help you stay focused and drown out background noise – but this might not be appropriate for every role or environment. Style – Choose a monaural device to keep one ear free and stay connected to your environment or stereo to enable full concentration. Design – In-ear discreet designs are perfect for video calls. Quality – Feel more connected and engaged with a high-quality video and sound.
A Poly device for every working style:
The home office:
The simple setup:
The all-day conference:
The call centre agent:
For richer communications in all office setups, a high-quality camera like the EagleEye Mini ensures a better experience compared to the built-in laptop camera. Plug and play means its ready for use in seconds, whilst a compact design and mounting options enables comfortable eye-contact. The integrated privacy shutter and video mute/unmute LED indicators keeps you in full control.
Remote device management from Poly:
Plantronics Manager Pro is an additional subscription-based software-as-a-service/ It enables IT managers to monitor, manage and maintain all headsets centrally. It is accessible from any web browser, and your IT department can centrally deploy the latest firmware updates to all headsets. With Plantronics Manager Pro support, you gain insight into every Plantronics headset being used company-wide, including device usage and inventory analysis — all from the cloud.
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Why SCC and Poly?
SCC and Poly are well-established partners, delivering award winning collaboration solutions. SCC was named Video Partner of the Year at the 2019 Poly Awards, recognised for its experience and expertise in helping customers achieve their full productivity potential through true end-to-end Poly solutions. SCC AVS is SCC’s specialist audio-visual business, providing solutions and services to many of the UK’s largest public and private sector organisations. From unified communications through data centre, to end user compute, SCC has the expertise experience to bring together top tier technologies, services, applications and devices to connect networks, organisations and their people anywhere, anytime.
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