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Plantronics Leads the Smarter Working way - Unveiling Simply Smarter Office and New Range of Business Communications Tools

June 06, 2011

COMPANY CELEBRATES BY OPENING REDESIGNED OFFICES AND LAUNCHING INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS

Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) today celebrates its 50th anniversary with the official opening of its new Simply Smarter offices in Swindon, UK. Plantronics’ CEO, Ken Kannappan and Philip Vanhoutte, SVP and EMEA Managing Director will host a live web event announcing Plantronics’ vision for successful flexible working, sharing how innovation can drive business efficiency. They will unveil a host of products designed to address new work styles and simplify workplace communications.

THE NEW VISION: SIMPLY SMARTER OFFICE

NEW WORK ZONES – FIND YOUR SPACE

Plantronics’ redesign of its current UK facilities was born out of an aspiration to create a more effective working environment, in which staff were more comfortable and more productive. Together with strategic guidance from independent workplace effectiveness strategists Leesman, Plantronics has developed an innovative office environment with a series of different working spaces designed to support a range of identified working styles and activities.

“The Leesman Index survey was the starting point and enabled Plantronics to get a detailed insight and analysis of its employees’ satisfaction and engagement with the workplace” says Tim Oldman, CEO of Leesman, “This was the foundation on which Plantronics has designed and created an effective and innovative workspace that responds to employees’ needs and supports their productivity.”

“Our new office design allows employees to work where and when they are most productive, cost-effective and environmentally respectful” says Philip Vanhoutte, SVP and EMEA Managing Director, Plantronics “We have divided our workspace into four zones: Concentrate for focused, individual work, Collaborate, for stimulating group sessions, Contemplate, for recharging batteries and reenergizing and Communicate, for collaborating with others either virtually or face-to-face.”

SIMPLY SMARTER COMMUNICATIONS™

SMARTER WORKING TOOLS

The new products include the Savi® 740, Plantronics’ first headset that connects to a deskphone, mobile phone and computer to streamline communications. Also new with the Savi 740 is a more versatile streamlined style – office-based business professionals can wear this headset over the head with a headband, using the ear loop, or behind the head with a neckband which provides webcam friendly options for video conference calls.

“The traditional office environment is evolving,” says Philip Vanhoutte, SVP and EMEA Managing Director, Plantronics “Office-based business professionals need the right tools to suit their needs and increase productivity, foster innovation and improve collaboration. We believe that the products we are announcing today give people the freedom to work more effectively and efficiently, letting them simply communicate regardless of their location or device.”

Plantronics products deliver intelligent integration with the leading unified communications platforms from Avaya®, Cisco®, IBM® and Microsoft®, and simplifying deployments for both IT departments and end users alike.

SIMPLY SMARTER COMMUNICATIONS™

NEW SKILLS FOR A NEW WAY OF WORKING

Plantronics has supported these workplace changes, with its own internal interactive e-Learning programme, created in conjunction with leading virtual workplace consultancy and training provider E-Work.com. The training which will ensure that all employees are equipped with the right knowledge, tools, resources and confidence to work and collaborate successfully from wherever may be.

The live web event will take place at 11:00 a.m. BST* on Tuesday 7th June. Ken Kannappan and Philip Vanhoutte will also be joined by Tim Oldman and Gita Katbamna, Director of Workplace Change at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), who will share insight into the benefits of workplace change and the effectiveness of it in creating a more agile, dynamic and responsive workforce with improved performance.

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