The Hybrid Challenge

The Hybrid Challenge

As offices around the world have reopened, businesses are grappling with the challenges that Hybrid aka Work From Aywhere) working presents. 

Some reports suggest that as many as four out of five businesses will adopt a hybrid work model with some workers rarely visiting “the office”. 

A major part of the Hybrid/WFA s dynamic will be working from home. Along with increased flexiblilitym home workers encounter challenges that aren’t found with in-office work environments, and many times home IT resources are not ideal for productivity. 

For example – consumer headsets typically don’t deliver the best quality audio, while many laptopare known to have below-par cameras. Makeshift home offices lack quality lighting, making video calls is difficult. It’s also inevitable that when users at home they’ll have to handle the occasional personal issue, perhaps dealing with children and pets. 

Yealink’s All-in-One Solution

Yealink’s WH6 workstation series is an all-in-one office. A DECT headset, speakerphone, USB hub and phone charger. Its plug-and-play installation avoids the need for IT team help. 

The multi-device element of the workstation gives workers a choice of how they collaborate when working. For example, workers at home may choose to work in different rooms because they’re not tied to a desk in an office. 

The integrated speakerphone and earphone that feature in the WH6 Series mean that a user can switch the earphone or speakerphone arbitrarily according to the situation, which can relieve ear fatigue. This avoids the need to purchase multiple devices to switch between, and also lets users roam while on a call. 

Good quality audio and video is crucial for any meeting, no matter where it is taking place. But this can be more difficult to achieve in the home office. 

Achieving this is becoming more complicated because of hybrid working – with some participants in an office, some at home and some on the move. The device is plug-and-play and can be managed from Yealink’s USB Connect application. 

Yealink has also built innovations designed to tackle environmental challenges. 

Lighting, for example, can become a problem at home in dimly lit area– compared to bright offices. 

Yealink’s UVC webcam uses Smart Light technology to optimise images, even in low lighting. It also performs exposure compensation around the user’s face, making sure they can be clearly seen. 

Similar challenges exist in the audio space. The murmur of an office environment is expected on calls, but the abrupt sound of a dog barking or someone knocking on the door can be distracting when participating in a meeting from home. 

The Yealink WH6 features advanced noise cancellation which the vendor says can eliminate most unnecessary noise, providing clear sound quality and transmission. 

While the future of hybrid working may still be uncertain, what is clear is that technology is the key to making it work for everyone. 

Devices that are mobile, high quality and effective to use are the best starting point – especially when working remotely or from home.