The Busylight UC Omega is designed for cubicle environments etc. that need an extra-large light. Now Kuando Busylight has a product for every workspace and all user groups.
New Technology to Fight the Tyranny of the Open Office Plan a haven for creativity, spontaneity, and collaboration. If you’ve ever worked in one, you probably know these as code words for ceaseless noise, distractions, and being forced to listen to phone calls about the veterinary issues of your co-workers’ cats.
And the research backs this up: Studies show that open offices can hurt productivity and lead to dissatisfied employees. (That’s a lose-lose, in case you’re keeping track.)
So it should be no surprise that workers faced with unfortunate office architecture have come up with creative ways to cope. Friends of mine report doing everything from hanging silk flowers from their desk to signal when they are busy to conspiring with co-workers to call them any time they see a potential interruptor approaching.
“I’ve talked to offices who have told me: ‘We’re using red Solo cups and green Solo cups to let people know when we’re busy or available,’ ” says Mitch Friend, business development manager at Denmark-based Plenom. “The problem is, nobody ever remembers to change these things. If it’s not automatic, it doesn’t work.”
To fix this, Plenom sells a device called the Kuando Busylight. The light-up LED beacon attaches to the top of a monitor or cubicle wall and changes from red to green to let passersby know whether they should leave you alone. It syncs up with Microsoft’s Lync and Skype for Business software and automatically adjusts its color based on your status in the messaging program. So if your Skype is set to “Busy,” your Busylight automatically flips to red, and so on.
Busylight connects to a computer via USB and also comes in configurations for folks who don’t use Skype for Business. It can also serve as a signal for incoming calls—if you see it flash, you know to run back to your desk.