Driven by the rise of mobile devices, the relationship between work and worker has changed. Flexible work arrangements that don’t require structured locations or hours are increasingly popular and Plantronics Inc. (NYSE: PLT) is being recognized by InformationWeek as a leading innovator in this trend called ‘smarter working’. Plantronics is in this year’s InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology. The annual list was revealed on September 11, 2012 at a gala awards ceremony at the exclusive InformationWeek 500 Conference which took place at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA. “This is a testament to the global Information Technology team at Plantronics who have made our smarter working initiative possible. What started as an experiment in new technology and a new way of working, quickly spread to a global deployment requiring infrastructure to support remote working and collaboration,” said Tom Gill, vice president and CIO at Plantronics. “I’m extremely proud of my team for their hard work and dedication ensuring our employees, partners and customers can effectively collaborate across time zones and geographies. This was truly a global effort.” Prioritizing people over place, smarter working delivers flexible solutions that fit how different people work and make it easier for them to work more effectively and successfully across work environments. For example, to ensure employees are connected and can communicate freely, IT has installed video conference rooms throughout the offices. Every drop-in conference room, focus room and team collaboration room is also equipped with Smart TVs that serve as monitors for projecting during meetings. By adopting advanced communications and design principles that support office, virtual and mobile work styles equally well, smarter working emphasizes business results over structured office hours and locations. The modern workforce is heading towards more flexible, open workspaces like those at Plantronics’ offices. This environment creates a different set of challenges for Plantronics’ customers so the smarter working initiative has the added benefit of being the company’s largest test lab for its software and hardware solutions. The new environment is also model for smarter working and provides a showcase for customers while saving money at the same time.