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Choose Comfort for your Next Call Center Headset

Choose Comfort for your Next Call Center Headset
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If you are the manager heading a call center, you know you have options for what type of headsets to purchase. You have choices in features and technology. You can go wireless or corded. While these are important decisions to make, you shouldn’t forget one item when picking out headsets. You want the headsets to be comfortable to wear. If they aren’t comfortable, you will have many complaining employees. You also might face a lawsuit if the employees believe you are causing damage to their ears or head on a daily basis. What are the most comfortable headsets available? Read this list for more information.

1. Plantronics Voyager Pro 

The Voyager series has caught the eye of industry insiders for its comfort. The headsets use a single earpiece with Bluetooth technology. The type can be put into a call center or have at home. The problem is that the series is bulky even though the bulkiness is what adds the comfort to the wearer. It’s also more stable when it is sitting on the ear. These are great for situations where talking on the phone and to other people in the same room is important. Employees can change from conversing with customers or coworkers quite easily. Telemarketers, customer support technicians and others who are constantly on the phone will benefit from these.

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2. Novero Tour

If you want less bulkiness, you will want the tour. The design is slim and looks futuristic. You can buy a wired or wireless version. You can choose off-white or black. Like the Voyager, it uses just one earpiece, but the headset comes with a band that goes over the head and leads to the microphone. The Voyager doesn’t need the band.

3. Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset

While call centers don’t need gaming headsets, you might benefit from the technology. Because gaming headsets are not like Bluetooth headsets for office use, they need to be comfortable. They often use a double earpiece headset design and surround sound for the game sounds. Call centers or telemarketers probably would not need surround sound. When you use two ear pieces, you have to have a band that links them. Although they might be heavy and cause pain in long-term use, a well-fitted headset shouldn’t cause this problem. Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 has a memory foam headband, giving players hours of comfort. Then, they can go sleep on the pillow or mattress with the same material. Call centers that use double headsets might want to use the memory foam for the bands.

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4. Bose Bluetooth Headset

Bose is known for its many Bluetooth headsets. Users rate them highly. If you choose these headsets, they will fit comfortably in the ear instead of over it or around it. The silicone tip contours to the wearer’s ear with little pressure. The headset can sit on the edge of a fingertip and is lightweight. The downside of this technology is that people might find it uncomfortable at first if they aren’t used to wearing earphones inside the ear. However, they adjust. It has the advantage of being used anywhere. Generally, people use them if they are on the go or in the car.

5. Microsoft LifeChat LX 3000

The Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 is designed to use two ear pieces that are cushioned with ear cups and a noise cancelling microphone. Although Microsoft created the headset to go with its Windows Live messenger, you can use it for other functions.

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6. iMicro SP-IM942 Headset with Microphone

This iMicro headset has the added benefit that it’s not as expensive as some of the others. The company calls it an ultra affordable option. This the comfortable headset for people without a lot of money. However, you lose features. Still, people praise its quality.

7. Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset

Again, this is one that is for playing games not working in a call center. The Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset fits over-the-ear. The ear pieces don’t touch the ear. Besides the other features, this gaming headset also has a noise-reducing microphone that attempts to pick up only the user’s voice. You lose the background noise of the game or in a call center. Despite its comfort, it doesn’t come with many features.

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Featured photo credit: Call Center Environment via lifehack.org

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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?
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Technology has taken a vantage leap in providing solutions for man. Before now, technology used to appear complex and would require a great deal of expertise to handle solutions available. Today, we have technology applicable in the simplest human activities as smart products with intelligent algorithms powering them as they make error-free judgments and provide intelligent and analytic solutions.

Does technology have all the answers?

This article from Credit Suisse, tells us that technology does not have all the answers because it has been found to exhibit “similar biases,” as humans. No one can discredit the impact of technology, but it is not totally free of human input and this is the reason we experience these biases in many areas we have technology holding foot.

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Creating technological solutions transparently

This article suggests that the process of creating technological solutions be made transparent and subject to contribution from many people who would end up as users of the product – male, female, young, old, learned, unlearned and all other preferences as we have them. It also underscores the importance of having women on product development teams. This approach is not sure to eliminate all forms of bias, but it is a good way to start in order to appraise the full benefits of technology.

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Technology as the connecting tool

Technology so far has been a major connecting tool amongst us humans. It is used and appreciated by all regardless of race, language and sex. In order to keep it less subjective to these arguments about human biases. I believe we should gather opinions on products and solutions before making them available to the public. This could be done by gathering input from intended target users and receiving feedback across the stages of production.

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“Recognizing the problem is a start…success will depend on inclusive technologies that meet this vast untapped market.” This cannot be more apt especially at a time when we look up to technology for solutions. We should not muzzle our progress with technology by battling algorithm bias. The first way to avoid this battle is by reading this article here.

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