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Yearly Archives: 2017

Silicon Review Article- Providing the most reliable voice and visual communication solutions to the world: ClearOne

Written on January 18, 2017 at 10:51 am, by

 

ClearOne was honored to be part of Silicon Review’s 2016  “50 Best Work Places of the Year” edition.  The interview with President and CEO, Zee Hakimoglu, provided more insight into ClearOne and the way in which they continue to disrupt a market full of much larger competitors by focusing on innovation.

 

Read the full article here.

 

 

 

Happiness at the Office- PART II

Written on January 11, 2017 at 10:10 am, by

 

In PART I, we  looked at the overall state of happiness in the workplace. Now, we look at the ways in which to exploit your capacity for happiness…

 

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Sonja Lyubomirsky, Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside, (The How of Happiness) indicates that 50% of individual differences in happiness are governed by genes, 10 percent by life circumstances. This leaves a startling, and startlingly underdeveloped, 40% of our capacity for happiness within our power to change.

 

 

She explores 12 ways to exploit that 40 percent:

 

  1. Counting your blessings: Expressing gratitude for what you have (either privately – through contemplation or journaling – or to a close other) or conveying your appreciation to one or more individuals whom you’ve never properly thanked.
  2. Cultivating optimism: Keeping a journal in which you imagine and write about the best possible future for yourself, or practicing to look at the bright side of every situation.
  3. Avoiding overthinking and social comparison: Using strategies (such as distraction) to cut down on how often you dwell on your problems and compare yourself to others.
  4. Practicing acts of kindness: Doing good things for others, whether friends or strangers, either directly or anonymously, either spontaneously or planned.
  5. Nurturing relationships: Picking a relationship in need of strengthening, and investing time and energy in healing, cultivating, affirming, and enjoying it.
  6. Doing more activities that truly engage you: Increasing the number of experiences at home and work in which you “lose” yourself, which are challenging and absorbing.
  7. Replaying and savoring life’s joys: Paying close attention, taking delight, and going over life’s momentary pleasures and wonders – through thinking, writing, drawing, or sharing with another.
  8. Committing to your goals: Picking one, two, or three significant goals that are meaningful to you and devoting time and effort to pursuing them.
  9. Developing strategies for coping: Practicing ways to endure or surmount a recent stress, hardship, or trauma.
  10. Learning to forgive: Keeping a journal or writing a letter in which you work on letting go of anger and resentment towards one or more individuals who have hurt or wronged you.
  11. Practicing religion and spirituality: Becoming more involved in your church, temple, or mosque, or reading and pondering spiritually-themed books.
  12. Taking care of your body: Engaging in physical activity, meditating, and smiling and laughing.

 

 

Based on this strategy list, the ClearOne Spain office has implemented a happiness strategy, what we call the “Thanks Portal.”

 

 

Stay tuned for more exploration on the ongoing uses of the “Thanks Portal” and the value of employee recognition.

 

 

 

The Case for Audio Making or Breaking Video Communications

Written on January 3, 2017 at 3:06 pm, by

 

It’s easy to see video conferencing and collaboration as the “next step” in communications, something beyond the world of audio conferencing. However, the truth is, a video conference is only as good as its audio. The occasional dropped frame or even severe video issues can still be forgiven in a conference without interrupting the flow.

 

However, if audio becomes choppy, it quickly becomes fatiguing to listen or to repeat statements or questions… and worse, if audio is missing, there simply is no conference to be had.

 

Tune in an find out why great video collaboration can only be built on a solid foundation of superior audio. Ron Lynch, ClearOne’s Supervisor Technical Trainer, provides an overview of why strong audio is an absolute necessity in video conferencing and collaboration, in conjunction with Commercial Integrator:

 

 

See the original post from Commercial Integrator here:

The Case for Audio Making or Breaking Video Communications