Almost half of all workers will be mobile employees by the year 2022. Security officers, fixed cameras, and locked doors can’t protect these workers who are increasingly away from the office. Ensuring the safety of today’s workforce requires enhanced situational awareness and the ability to locate and communicate with all employees. Out of sight doesn’t mean out of mind. Organisations must redefine the duty of care and take steps to ensure safety for people who work alone.
Whether an employee is working at their desk or visiting a client in a foreign country, organisations have a duty of care for their safety. Pre-trip briefings, real-time intelligence and reliable two-way communication can help keep traveling employees safe — helping them avoid unnecessary risks and warning them if they are approaching potentially dangerous situations.
BY 2020, IDC PREDICTS THAT 72% of workers will be mobile in some way, shape, or form. This means that we have workforces that are more vulnerable than ever to global travel, security and safety risks. Businesses, executives and security professionals have a “Duty of Care” to uphold to keep their people safe. The more location data sources that you can bring together, the more likely you will be able to improve the accuracy of determining ‘who is where?’ as you try to build employee lists for mustering, duty of care outreach and personal assistance.
Mobile phones are a lifeline for employees working in isolated situations with no colleagues or supervision. Location tracking, automatic check-ins and a dedicated S.O.S. panic button can minimise the hazards lone workers are exposed to on a regular basis. It’s important for employers to utilise technology to quickly find and communicate with their lone workers at all times, regardless of where they are in the world.
Traditional security technology has not kept pace with the evolution of the four-walled office to multi-structure, open-space concepts. Unifying access control systems, wireless access points, scheduling systems and emergency communication systems helps identify who is on campus, where they are and enables location-based notification and alerting.
“Leveraging Everbridge, this team knows how to respond in a weather emergency, electrical outages and violent intruder situation events occur and can end quickly, so from a facility standpoint, our goal is to get employees out of the building.”
Albert Patin, Daktronics