In a modern office environment, it’s not uncommon to see workers entering data on their computers and referring to notes on their desks while cradling telephones awkwardly against their ears. While this kind of multitasking means higher productivity, it can also lead to a range of problems over time.
Problems associated with multitasking
When someone sits for long periods in an ergonomically incorrect position, they can develop a range of conditions including muscle tension from clamping a phone against your neck, reduced blood flow to the hand and wrist, and pinched nerves in the neck. And while these kinds of symptoms are localised, long term effects of such bad posture can include arthritis, herniated discs and spinal problems.
As well as ergonomic problems, multitasking can result in some real health concerns. Many office roles involve sitting for long hours in front of a computer, and this can lead to serious health problems for workers. A recent study conducted by the Sax Institute revealed that Australians over the age of 45 who sat for more than 11 hours a day were 40% more likely to die in the next three years than those who sat for less than four hours a day.
Traditional telephone handsets can also pose communication problems. It can be difficult to conduct a phone conversation in a busy office environment. Background noise from other workers can make it difficult to hear and be heard, can lead to tensions between workers and – in extreme cases – result in lost business.
The benefits of headsets
Replacing traditional telephone handsets with wireless headsets can make a world of difference in a busy office environment. Headsets can alleviate a lot of problems and provide a range of benefits, including:
Simply by switching from traditional handsets to wireless headsets, you can improve the health and productivity of your workers and the overall efficiency of your office communications. And all for very little financial outlay, with headsets ranging in price from $30 to $300 depending on quality and features. Not a bad investment really, and one that can be easily justified in ROI terms.