The sounds of silence

Sponsored By: Jabra

Loud sounds are ubiquitous in the workplace. From the relentless racket of machinery at factories and warehouses, to the incessant drone of voices and equipment in offices, restaurants and retail stores, workers experience constant clatter. Turning down the volume at source is rarely possible, yet reducing it is as simple as a wireless headset.

Once relegated to extremely high-noise settings, noise-cancelling headsets are now considered essential tools in a broad range of work settings. Hearing protection and safety are the obvious drivers, but there are also other factors accelerating the adoption of wearable, hands-free devices.

Promoting Productivity

Productivity is a key issue, according to Jim Sellers, Business Development Manager, GN Audio Transportation and Logistics , a leader in intelligent, noise-cancelling audio devices. “More than 80 per cent of workers say their productivity is adversely affected by workplace noise,” he says, referencing a recent survey of knowledge workers. “Despite having access to all kinds of tools, most workers don’t have the thing they need most – which is silence.”

Distractibility is another concern as Frontline Workers are managing a greater number of complex processes and technology to support them. “Deployed mobile devices provide access to the business processes necessary for successful work execution,” says Sellers. “Staying connected over mobile communications platforms keeps Frontline Workers connected and productive.”

Introducing BlueParrott

With a reputation for supporting a diversity of use cases, BlueParrott’s line of enterprise-engineered wireless headsets offers top-tier noise cancellation, comfort, and durability. Whether on the road, in the warehouse, or in a noisy retail setting, workers are safer, more focused, and more productive, when they have the mobility to complete tasks faster, while unobstructed by noise.

For a demo that illustrates impressive noise cancellation and covers everything from chain saws, leaf blowers and air horns to hair dryers, blenders, and crying babies, see BlueParrott Bluetooth headset noise cancellation in action.

BlueParrott’s C450-XT headset, for example, is perfect for a variety of enterprise solutions, such as trucking, warehousing, retail operations, manufacturing, and field services. Engineered for superior communication, it features an industry-leading 96 per cent reduction in background noise, up to 24 hours of talk time, two wearing styles, and a customizable button that can be used for push-to-talk (PTT) conversations. A tap of the finger is all it takes for immediate one-to-one and group conversations, and it works with most bluetooth-enabled devices, giving users hands-free, voice activated control with a wireless range of up to 300 feet.

See how BlueParrott for Enterprise headsets perform in high-noise environments

With 80 per cent noise cancellation, three wearing options, and voice control for hands-free use, the compact BlueParrott C300-XTMS headset is similarly suited to enterprise uses in settings where loud noise is a distraction. Preinstalled access to the Microsoft Teams Walkie Talkie function keeps distributed teams connected, and hands-free voice messaging provides a seamless PTT experience. For teams working in warehouses, retail settings, and other busy environments, wireless freedom and seamless integration with a range of mobile devices and software promotes quality communication with customers and colleagues.

See the BlueParrott C300-XTMS in action

Support for Frontline Workers

COVID-19 gave Canadians a new appreciation for frontline workers, such as grocery store associates, delivery drivers, healthcare providers, police, first responders, warehouse workers, and utility technicians. While their daily routine prevents most of these people from working from home, BlueParrott’s range of purpose-built headsets equips them with the communication and collaboration technologies to do their job, wherever they are and whatever they do.

“Building from our support of the Knowledge Worker with Jabra solutions, with BlueParrott we support the Frontline Worker,” says Sellers. “That we support office workers as well as those in production plants and behind a wheel is well documented and long proven. What we’re seeing now more and more, however, is the usefulness of our products for Frontline Workers across many different verticals.”

Learn more about how wearable, hands-free devices can protect your hearing, relieve stress, and make you more productive.


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Suzanne Robicheau
Suzanne Robicheau
Suzanne Robicheau is a communications specialist based in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, where working remotely continues to fuel her passion for new mobile technologies -- especially on snowy days.