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Managing Noise: While On the Go 

Technology has transformed the workplace from the traditional office into just about any place where work can get done. Today, two-thirds of the North American and European workforce reported spending at least some time working outside a corporate office.1 Mobile collaboration accounts for that major shift, promising increased employee collaboration and productivity via simplified communication. But this exciting new business reality is not without its challenges, the biggest of which is background noise.

More than 64% of employees have been distracted by background noise around them when on a conference call,2 including sirens blaring, dogs barking and even toilets flushing!2 That can make employees and your company appear anything but professional. And, with 53% of employees pointing to its negative effects on productivity3 and well-being, the impact of noise on business performance can be substantial. It disrupts an employee’s ability to focus and communicate, which reduces their performance and, ultimately, your profitability.3 That’s why a noise strategy for your mobile workforce is essential.

Understanding your mobile workforce

Our ongoing, independent research into the evolving needs of employees helps us identify their unique workstyles, productivity challenges and pain points. 


The Remote Worker

65% are distracted where they work1

  • Rarely works inside the office
  • Is tech-savvy, frequently making calls from a smartphone, though sometimes using unified communication (UC) and video calls
  • Rarely communicates in person

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The Road Warrior

66%  are distracted where they work1

  • Spends half of their time travelling, concerned about how noise affects how they are viewed professionally as they mainly communicate with customers and clients
  • Is always connected and never offline
  • Relies heavily on PC and voice calls from a smartphone

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The Flexible Worker

71% are distracted where they work1

  • Spends a quarter of their time travelling and on the road, challenged by noise that constantly changes with new surroundings
  • Spends most of their time communicating with others
  • Is tech-savvy, using a smart phone and laptop while on the go

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The Connected Executive

77% are distracted where they work1

  • Has a high career level and most flexible work location
  • Spends most of their week communicating with colleagues, clients or business partners
  • Is very tech-savvy, preferring modern communication tools; taking calls mainly on computer or smartphone

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Noise-canceling solutions

Purpose-built and mobile proven

Featured On-the-Go Product

Voyager 5200 UC

Take the call, wherever you are and however you’re connected, with adaptive noise-canceling and WindSmart technology to reduce disruptive noise.

Best for:

  • The Remote Worker
  • The Road Warrior
  • The Connected Executive


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Hear the Difference

Compare the sound quality of a Plantronics headset with a common alternative device in a busy café.

Other products while on the go

Voyager 8200 UC

Thanks to active noise canceling, Voyager 8200 UC lets you leave office noise and distractions behind so you can concentrate when you need to.

Best for:

  • The Connected Executive

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Voyager 6200 UC

Stay versatile, flexible and connected. Voyager 6200 UC delivers effective noise reduction with adaptive noise-canceling technology.

Best for:

  • Flexible Worker

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Savi 400

With superior PC audio and lightweight portability, Savi 400 delivers effective noise reduction with the flexibility to roam indoors or out.

Best for:

  • The Remote Worker

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Plantronics Manager Pro*

Businesses are under increasing pressure to trim operating budgets while enhancing productivity. Adding a software solution that monitors, manages and maintains your headsets wherever your employees work can help. Plantronics Manager Pro allows you to check device usage to verify adoption rates, drive the adoption of third-party services and prevent and troubleshoot technical issues. Plantronics Manager Pro’s easy-to-use tools and analysis suites enable you to proactively manage the performance of every Plantronics headset across your enterprise.

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* Software-as-a-Service sold separately.


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1TJ Keitt, “Framing The Business and IT Impact of Mobile and Remote Work,” January 27, 2012, available from Forrester Research.
2Plantronics Global Meeting Productivity Survey, September 2015.
3Oxford Economics, “When the Walls Come Down – The Evolution of the Workplace.”