A Lifeline for Remote Workers
When we think of a company’s workforce, we often envision an office building full of cubicles or a factory of workers. Today’s workforce, however, is often dispersed across multiple locations, driving a fleet of trucks, or traveling much of their workday. This mobility can create challenges with communication, particularly when there is an accident, an emergency, or an urgent event.
The United States isn’t the only country struggling to keep up with the rapidly changing workforce ecosystem. The United Kingdom is facing similar issues. Lone worker safety is a serious consideration. In 2015/2016, the country reported 43 fatal injuries to construction workers. A recent UK article highlights the concern of construction organizations with ensuring the health and safety of lone workers. “While prevention is the ultimate goal, there must also be tools in place to provide rapid help when accidents occur. This means providing a means of consistent, reliable communication with management, team members, and emergency services.”
Communication is always critical during an emergency. How well this happens is dependent on the technology the organization uses. If phone trees, email, and/or dispatchers are the go-to channels, many employees are still at risk. The flow of communication on these channels can be slow, delaying critical messaging and the help that is often required. No industry is immune and smartphones become a device that can save their lives.
Whether an accident happens at a construction site or a dangerous situation arises in the field where landlines and computers are absent, employees need to have the tools available to stay safe, get help, and keep connected. Smartphones are the obvious choice for communicating yet they can be equipped to do much more than send and receive phone calls.
Source: DRJ New feed