Most of the interviews done for my Work from Home Warriors series have largely been with individuals who work from home, so I thought it was time to shift my attention to the organisational side of things.
In this interview I spoke with Mari Anne Snow, the the CEO of Sophaya – an organisation that works with the individuals behind remote workforces and flexible work arrangements to help coach and develop capabilities & practices; ultimately to help them work better together while apart.
Many workplaces when equipping their staff generally provide a corded headset as these are by far the most cost-effective devices. The challenge with this, is that it means the person having an online meeting/call is effectively tethered to their device and often their desk for the duration.
In longer meetings this can be a problem as it is both unhealthy to be sitting in the one place for an extended period of time, but also it does not get the best out of the attendee.
What do I mean by that? Well, when people get bored in online meetings their minds tend to wander. They will multitask and start looking at other things on their screen, reply to emails/messages, etc.
Another aspect is that often we’re not at our most creative when sitting down. While it’s not necessarily the case for all people or contexts, some people are able to get more ‘creative juice’ out of their head when walking around and using their hands.
The latter is not necessarily the best thing to have in an office as there would be a lot of foot traffic and noise, however we all know someone that does this now.
The problem is that the latter two are issues with corded headsets, whereas with a wireless headset the person is free to move around whether for physical purposes or creative.
In a work from home scenario there is simply no need to be tethered to your desk; it’s your home so you can move around as much as you like.
In my latest episode of Work from Home Warriors, I take a look at the difference types of headsets available and their pros/cons.
Disclaimer: this video contains two leading brands of headsets, and does not specifically identity a particular brand as better than another; it is simply what I had available to work with.