Some employees may still be using their old chairs or even dining chairs at home to work for hours each day. Similarly, they may simply be taking online meetings with their speakers or using the headphones that came with their handphone. Worse still, they may also have slow internet connection.
These things may not seem like they require employers to step in to solve. However, helping your employees create an effective work-from-home set-up can make a difference to how comfortable they are, how well they can execute their work and, ultimately, how well your business can run remotely. Even after the current safe management measures are eased and for the foreseeable future, a hybrid work-from-home model will likely be part of the new normal.
Should You Get A Noise-Cancelling Headphone/Earbuds?
As you can see, we’ve discussed the types of chairs an employee can get in the link above. We’ve also covered simple gadgets you can get to improve your employees’ work-from-home experience. In this article, we’ll look at noise-cancelling headphones, and whether you should get them for your employees.
Whether it is a dog barking, a plane flying past or neighbours doing home renovations, these are distractions that modern technology has already come up with a decent solution to minimise – noise cancelling headphones or, more technically, headphones with Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) technology. Moreover, working through such noise can cause us to lose our train of thoughts, disrupt a conversation, and at the very worst, result in misunderstandings and missed business opportunities.
There are three designs with ANC to choose from – Over-Ear, In-Ear and On-Ears. Over-Ear and In-Ear headphones tend to block out ambient noise better than other designs. But considerations like fit and comfort matter given that virtual meetings may run for several hours. With these considerations in mind, we have curated five headphones/earbuds suited for long meetings.
(Note: Battery life spec refers to playing time with continuous playback)
#1 Jabra Elite Active 75t True Wireless Noise
Battery life: 5.5 hours
For $208, the Elite Active 75t comes with integration with Jabra’s Sound+ app. Employees can customise the headset’s sound with six sound presets, including a speech preset. The Elite Active 75t comes with improved ergonomics too, for even long meetings. These earbuds are sleeker and more chic than their predecessors, the Elite Active 65t. Furthermore, their ear tips come in small, medium and large for a bit of customisable comfort.
#2 Plantronics Backbeat GO 410 Wireless ANC Earbuds
Battery life: 8h
The Backbeat GO 410 comes with quick charging, which is a strong pull factor. Just a 15-minute charge equates to one hour of listen time. That listen time will be spent streaming from either of two devices. Its Bluetooth multipoint connects the earbuds to two devices simultaneously.
This headset offers a more travel-handy and discrete option, should employees need to take a meeting outside of their homes.
#3 Plantronics Backbeat GO 810 Wireless ANC Headphones
Battery life: 22h
Like the Backbeat GO 410, the Backbeat GO 810 has the rare Bluetooth multipoint capability. Because the multipoint supports two devices, employees can hear meeting audio from their computer, while getting notifications on their work phone. Add to that the quick charge feature, and you have yourself a reliable headset.
10 minutes of charging gives you an incredible three hours of listen time. Three hours of listen time and comfort in the plush memory foam ear cups mean online meetings don’t have to be unbearable.
#4 Sony WH-CH710N Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphone
Battery life: 35h
Never go unheard again – the WH-CH710N uses Dual Noise Sensor Technology to continually monitor the noise level in users’ environment. Then it uses Automatic Artificial Intelligence Noise Cancelling function (AINC) to put out an equal but opposite signal.
Employees will be able focus on the audio that matters to your company and that gets tasks done, instead of all the distracting noises that you can imagine. With 35 hours of battery life, this is a true workhorse.
#5 JBL Tune 600BTNC Wireless On-Ear Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
Battery life: 12h
The Tune 600BTNC is lightweight and portable, which contrasts the heavy-duty JBL Pure Bass sound. It has a decent battery life given its 2-hour charge-time and price range.
Employees will be able to take calls in comfort with its ergonomic design. Unless, of course, they get distracted feeling that Frog skin PU leather.
We managed to find many of the headsets at lower prices that its listing price, so you should consider shopping carefully AND not going for deals that sound too good to be true at the same time.
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