You worry about how to protect your lone workers and employees who don’t always work in the office. It’s understandable – bad things can happen to them, and sometimes they do. Lone workers all over the world face dangers that those in the office probably don’t even think about. As such, if you’re going to have employees in the field or working by themselves, then lone worker safety must be a priority for your organization. Read More
Small companies can fall victim to a dangerous mindset of thinking they are too small for a modern communication system. But operating without one can limit productivity and put your people at risk–no matter how big your company is.
Companies are beginning to take notice. Implementing a small business communication system helps keep your employees safe and connected. Read More
Winter may conjure up imagery suitable for a Norman Rockwell painting: sitting by the fire with a hot drink in hand, enjoying the twinkling lights and decorations, and watching through the window as snowflakes drift lazily through the air. But the reality is that the business impact of winter weather is anything but idyllic.
The economic impact of a simple snowstorm can be upwards of $1 billion. And it’s not just companies in the path of those epic nor’easters that need to take heed. Last winter, unusually cold weather as far south as Florida even caused several theme parks to close. Read More
Location is just as important in keeping employees safe as it is for buying real estate. Location is everything and can have long-term consequences. Perhaps this is why geolocation is finding its way into everything from marketing to security.
When winter weather storms in, many smart businesses pay attention to facility safety issues such as making sure sidewalks and parking lots are clear of snow and ice. A business may enact a safety plan, telling non-vital workers to stay home until it is safe to come to the office. There are many different types of winter hazards businesses must prepare for. Read More
When a business’ administrators are communicating with their employees during a crisis, it’s important they have all the tools necessary to ensure quick, accurate, and easy transmission of alerts. One of the most powerful tools included in modern mass communication systems is location-based services, which include GPS tracking, map views, and functions like geofencing. Location is a primary factor in determining who is at risk in an emergency. So being able to receive and send that information is critical in a wide variety of events. Read More
In a recent blog post, we discussed what “duty of care” means in the workplace. But when it comes to duty of care, there isn’t just a box to check. Preparedness and readiness come on a spectrum. The most successful companies are those that go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health and safety.
Which Type of Employer are You?
When considering duty of care, there are three categories of employers: the uninformed employer, the bare minimum employer, and the employee-first employer. Take a look at the graphic below and decide which category your organization currently falls within:
This Saturday is the first day of fall, but the proactive among us are already thinking ahead to winter and the impacts it will have on our businesses. Winter conjures up images of gently falling snow, cozy indoor gatherings, and a parade of holidays. But the advent of winter also brings up a more ominous association: the hazards that can trip up any business due to extreme winter weather. The CDC reports that winter cold kills more than twice as many Americans than summer heat. Read More
If you are thinking about investing in a modern notification system or have already implemented one as part of your emergency plan, you might be interested to know it can do much more than simply notify employees of impending danger. While many notifications may come in the form of an emergency, many may be more mundane, yet still important. There are so many uses for your notification system that it can be a versatile communication Swiss Army knife.
The purpose of such a system is to reach all or a group of employees quickly, with real-time information, and on the channels they most use. Mass notification systems have come a long way from email and phone trees. Today, businesses can deliver messages via text message, push notifications, social media posts, and more, simultaneously. Businesses, schools, and other organizations have never been so equipped to deliver urgent messaging rapidly across every available communication channel. Read More
Over the past several weeks, we have been discussing duty of care at work—what it is and what it means for your organization. We have hinted that there is a legal component to duty of care as well. In fact, duty of care originated as a legal concept, and there is a wealth of duty of care case law.
But the sheer amount of case law can be overwhelming. In this post, we will summarize the key concepts you need to understand to protect your company from liability—by covering the key cases in the development of duty of care law. Read More