Fight the gender imbalance

Did you know that in the UK only 1 in 10 IT Directors and only 17% of IT specialists are women?

As a woman business owner, Julie Watling, Communications Solutions UK’s MD and founder, is keen to help fight the gender imbalance within the technology sector where women are sadly under-represented.

With this in mind, Julie is proud that Communications Solutions UK is a WEConnect International certified women-owned business.

WEConnect International, founded in the US, is a corporate-led non-profit organisation that helps build economic growth by empowering women business owners to succeed in global markets. Since 2009 WEConnect has provided certification, resources and mentoring for businesses that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by one or more women, based outside the US. WEConnect International corporate members represent $1 trillion in annual purchasing power and are true pioneers in inclusive sourcing and global supplier development.

On the 24th November 2015, WEConnect International hosted their annual European conference in London which Julie attended. The photo above shows Maggie Berry, WE Executive Director for Europe (left) with Julie. The event brought together over 150 supporters of the organisation including women-owned businesses and representatives from their corporate members.

Attendees came from the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Switzerland, Romania, Bulgaria, Mexico and the US so it was a truly international gathering! There was a wide mix of speakers, presentations, breakout sessions and networking opportunities all with a focus on supporting and connecting women-owned businesses. One said “It was a privilege to have participated in one of the most interesting and relevant conferences I have ever attended. The conference was so well organized and the content and the speakers were really amazing.” Watch a short 2 minute video about the conference here.

If you would like to find out more about WEConnect International, please visit their website http://weconnectinternational.org.

Call us now on 0118 920 9420 to discuss our eligibility for your diversity policy or email us at [email protected] to request a copy of our certification.

Is your screen supporting your meetings?

As technology moves on, the TV in the corner of the meeting room just doesn’t support today’s business needs.

If you want to connect to multiple devices easily, play HD video, see your virtual colleagues clearly, or interact with your screen instead of using a whiteboard, then have you thought about an HD Large Format Display (LFD)?

Whatever your budget or business need there is a wide range of screens and LFDs available.

Why not try a ViewSonic interactive ViewBoard? These 10-point-touch enabled LFDs range from a 55 inch full HD screen right through to an
84 inch screen that uses new 4K Ultra HD technology – that’s an impressive four times more detail, depth, and clarity than HD.

LFDs are designed with businesses in mind. With the ViewSonic ViewBoard range you can:

  • Easily connect your devices through versatile selection of inputs – HDMI, SCART, USB, VGA and DVI which means you can connect a PC or laptop with a more generic PC cable.
  • Write or draw on the display’s surface if you choose an interactive model – ideal for presentations and training
  • Write, edit, and transform documents and images on-screen with pre-installed software – perfect for collaborative meetings. Or upgrade to include a slot in Windows 8 PC for powerful computing capabilities.
  • Play back your presentations and multimedia content or connect to the Internet through onboard 8 GB USB drive and LAN connection – no need for a PC.
  • Enjoy guaranteed jitter-free multi-media and crisp, vibrant, large as life images.

Call us now on 0118 920 9420 or email us at [email protected] to find the right screen for you or to place your order. Remember that these screens are special order items.

How to report an acoustic incident easily

With an increased focus on acoustic safety and comfort in the workplace, Contact Centre and Workplace Safety Managers need to effectively and consistently monitor the noise levels that their contact centre agents’ are exposed to through their headsets.

The Soundshield 4G runs noise exposure software called Soundstat. This software enables the capture of noise data, its analysis and reporting in a user friendly way.

This benefits long-term hearing health and if an acoustic incident takes place, managers are equipped to investigate the event by easily reviewing the captured noise data.

Soundstat software runs on a PC and is captured by every Soundshield device. The data can easily be converted into graphs that display:
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-date and time
-noise exposure levels
-potential acoustic incidents
-input source
-output more
-individual user information

Headset Poetry

We love this poems on headsets! Maybe its time for you to get a new headset?

This headset doesn’t fit quite right,
The wire is tangled; the spring’s too tight.

The speaker’s screaming in my right ear,
Making it hard to say what I hear.

Making it hard to say what I write,
Tying my ears down good and tight.

Straitjacketed by this little mike,
I know what a schizophrenic’s life is like.

Hearing little voices inside my head,
A little voices repeating what I just said.

Am I crazy? My thoughts are about shot.
This little headset’s got my mind in a knot.

This serial killer has got to go,
Become a milquetoast average Joe.
You could say my head’s not screwed on right,
Time for a headset that’s not so tight.

A new point of view that’s out of sight.
Straight from one that’s wrapped too tight.

How can I get a new point of view?
Trade in this headset for an array mike that’s new!

Looking for more from your headset?

The Soundshield 4G is a protective device which sits between your phone or PC and your headset. Its Shriek rejection software rejects any loud or high pitched sounds to ensure that harmful noises never reach your ear.

How can you benefit from Soundshield 4G’s other features?

Soundshield provides the best acoustic protection and comes equipped with a range of other useful benefits.

Ergonomic Colour Touchscreen

 
Ergonomic Colour Touchscreen

The user friendly ergonomic colour touchscreen lets you easily change your settings to provide you with a simple and intuitive control interface. It shows you the volume control, microphone level, tone, display, mute and the PC to Desk-Phone switcher buttons.

For call quality that is like sitting ‘face-to-face’ with your caller, Soundshield uses HD Wideband to deliver excellent voice quality and intelligibility.

Soundpro Headset

Soundpro Headset

To demonstrate that you are adhering to the Noise at Work Directive and providing you and your staff with the best acoustic safety possible, Soundshield provides Sound Data Analysis. This is achieved through Soundstat software which lets you read and analyse data easily. Data is collected every minute so you can demonstrate compliance and identify any extraordinary noise events.

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Need more information?

Learn more on how to safeguard yourself and your staff from acoustic shock. Call us to arrange a trial or demonstration of Soundshield.

Have your own say!

Have you been affected by an acoustic shock incident? Would you share your experience for the benefit of other readers? Please tell us your story.

Follow the link to learn more about Acoustic Safety:

http://www.com-solutions.co.uk/m4n?oid=acoustic-safety