The office of the present is quickly catching up to the sci-fi like projections for a workplace that have been dreamed up by writers for decades. Data can stream into an office at lightning fast speeds thanks to modern cabling systems, businesses can finally dump their old, not-very-helpful telephone companies in favor of highly efficient, but also far cheaper, VOIP solutions and international video conferencing has become as those 1970s sci fi shows predicted it would.
All of this is great, but what can new tech actually offer for the individual worker, the man – or woman – at the desk? The answer is a lot, and some of the newest innovations are cleverer than you might think. Here’s a look at a five of our current favorites.
Noise Canceling VOIP Headphones
(example to link to: https://www.amazon.com/Jabra-Evolve-Wireless-Headset-Headphones/dp/B00ODRSN0A/ref=pd_sim_147_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=W5QSCJ81C66CRMYY4X0G)
If a business has invested in a VOIP system, one of the other investments they can, and should, make is in great headsets for those who will actually be using it. And of all the bells and whistles such headsets should have effective noise cancellation really is a must. This allows workers to get on with the business at hand no matter what kind of minor chaos is going on around them (call centers especially can get really noisy) and if the headset is Bluetooth compatible it’s even better news as it allows for actual movement, instead of chaining someone to one spot at the desk.
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They’re cumbersome, messy and tend to get lost easily. However the simple fact is tat many of us just can’t give up our Post-It habit, however many ‘apps for that’ we have on our phones and PCs. Aware of that fact tablet makers are cashing in by offering coaster sized plastic Post-It pads that can be used over and over again and yes, if you really wanted them to, hold your morning coffee as well.
Desk Bottle Hangers
(example to link to: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/table-space-saving-bottle-hanger)
Doesn’t sound too high tech? Well they aren’t, bottle hangers simply allow someone to hang their water bottle so that is secured off the desk and within easy reach. However, given the amount of delicate tech that is now a fixture on many people’s desks, this simple innovation could save both that tech and your company a great deal of money in terms of spill protection.
(example to link to: https://www.bluelounge.com/products/cabledrop?variant=5907914245)
Speaking of the amount of tech on the average desk, there is also often a growing cluster of cables that can be both unsightly and difficult to work around. CableDrops are simple clipons that help control the clutter while not affecting performance of the attached gadgetry in any way.
Laser Projection Keyboard
(example to link to: http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/laser-projection-keyboard)
OK, so this one is truly for the tech obsessed. If you clear off your desk so that you have a smooth surface to work on (it’s a work in progress, we know..) then through the power of Bluetooth technology you can do away with clunky keyboards and have one projected via laser light right onto your desk instead. It’s not cheap but the money saved on air duster alone might make it worth the investment.
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