Statek Keeps Employees Safe and Informed During the COVID-19 Crisis With AlertMedia
- SafetyEnsures employee health and well-being in the wake of COVID-19, as well as the safety of the life-saving products the organization manufactures
- ConfidenceGives essential workers peace of mind that they can continue to work on-site safely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
- EfficiencyAllows HR and business leaders to rapidly communicate time-sensitive information to all employees—including those without email
- TransparencyKeeps employees up to date on all critical events, from COVID-19 and fire drills to 401K changes and open enrollment deadlines
Statek Corporation Improves Employee Health and Safety While Maintaining Business Continuity
Headquartered in Orange County, California, Statek Corporation designs and manufactures a range of products for the medical industry, including parts needed to produce life-saving equipment such as ventilators, pacemakers, and infusion pumps. In 1970, Statek was the first to use semiconductor technology such as photolithography, chemical etching, and micromachining to manufacture quartz resonators in wafer form. Today, Statek remains the technological leader in the design and manufacturing of ultra-miniature quartz crystals, oscillators, and sensors.
As an essential business during the COVID-19 crisis, all of the organization’s 270 employees continue to report to work throughout the pandemic. As many workers in the company’s manufacturing facility don’t have regular access to email, Statek needed a fast, effective way to share COVID-19 guidelines and updates with employees. When Statek’s HR team was informed of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in its workforce over a weekend in April 2020, the company acted quickly. Statek implemented AlertMedia within hours to rapidly notify employees and share measures being taken to ensure workplace safety. Since then, Statek has relied on AlertMedia’s easy-to-use emergency communication system to share ongoing COVID-19 updates and HR-related announcements. Using AlertMedia to communicate critical, time-sensitive information to employees has allowed Statek to improve employee safety and peace of mind, maintain vital business operations, and ensure its critically-needed products remain unaffected by the pandemic.
Quickly and Effectively Notifying Employees of COVID-19 Updates and Workplace Safety Guidelines
As Statek manufactures parts required to make life-saving medical equipment, the organization is considered an essential business, and its employees continue to work on-site throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to AlertMedia, Statek’s HR team—led by HR Supervisor, Deena Selim—relied on a mix of emails and in-person communication to share important information with employees.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Statek needed a more effective way to share critical, time-sensitive updates with employees. The company needed to communicate about new health and safety policies and practices during the rapidly evolving situation, but most employees on the manufacturing floor didn’t have access to email. When Selim was informed that an employee had tested positive for COVID-19 on Easter weekend 2020, it was the final catalyst for action. Selim knew she needed to act quickly to notify Statek’s workforce about the confirmed case of COVID-19.
“It was the day before Easter Sunday when I learned of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our workforce. I needed to notify employees and share measures being taken to ensure workplace safety, but I had no way to immediately reach hundreds of employees on a Saturday,” says Selim. “Employees likely wouldn’t be checking email promptly over the holiday weekend and many of our production employees don’t have a company email address at all.”
Selim immediately went into problem-solving mode and began brainstorming solutions when her husband showed her a text message his company had sent to employees regarding COVID-19 just a few weeks earlier using AlertMedia. “When I learned another nearby manufacturing company was successfully using AlertMedia to communicate with employees about COVID-19 via text, I contacted AlertMedia and was able to get immediate help from their sales team—even on a holiday weekend.”
Multi-Channel Communication and Exceptional Customer Support Capabilities Ensure Deliverability
Time was of the essence for Statek when selecting an emergency communication system. Selim liked that the AlertMedia platform was easy to navigate, could be quickly implemented without any training required, and allowed her to communicate with employees across multiple channels. She also found the customer success team to be extraordinarily responsive and helpful. Selim signed up for AlertMedia immediately and set up her first notification in the system.
“In less than an hour from when I first contacted AlertMedia, we had fully implemented the system and deployed our first notification. It was absolutely incredible.”
“In less than an hour from when I first contacted AlertMedia, we had fully implemented the system and deployed our first notification. It was absolutely incredible,” says Selim. “Our customer success manager (CSM) understood the urgency of the situation and acted swiftly to get us up and running. Even though the system is incredibly easy to use, our CSM took it upon herself to import our employee contact information from ADP and help set up the notification so we could get the message out to employees in a matter of minutes.”
AlertMedia’s reliable, multi-channel communication capabilities were a driving force in Statek’s decision to choose AlertMedia. With AlertMedia, Statek can simultaneously communicate across multiple channels—including email, voice call, and text message—with its highly segmented workforce. The system’s two-way communication features also give employees a direct, immediate line to HR to ask questions, share concerns, or get help.
“We have different types of workers across the organization—engineers, office staff, and production floor workers—all of whom have different work styles and communication preferences. Being able to instantly send a message across multiple channels allows us to ensure everybody gets the messages they need, when they need them, in the format that best suits them,” adds Selim.
Improving Employee Safety, Peace of Mind, and Business Continuity During the COVID-19 Pandemic
With AlertMedia, Statek can protect its essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and give them the safety confidence they need to perform their jobs. The organization now sends regular COVID-19 updates to keep its workforce updated on changing conditions and guidance, such as county face mask requirements, self-isolation procedures, and company health and safety measures. “Without AlertMedia, I don’t know how we would keep our people up to date during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially given that it is such a rapidly evolving situation,” says Selim.
By giving employees peace of mind that they can continue to work on-site safely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, AlertMedia has also helped Statek avoid production disruptions and maintain business continuity. AlertMedia also helps the organization ensure compliance with the state’s COVID-19 reporting requirements. As a result, the system has been incredibly well-received across the entire organization, from workers on the manufacturing floor to the C-suite.
“Our executive leadership team is thrilled with the efficiencies we’ve been able to achieve using AlertMedia,” says Selim. “Our investment in AlertMedia has absolutely helped us streamline communications, improve employee well-being, and ensure business continuity in the midst of the pandemic.”
From an HR perspective, AlertMedia has also dramatically reduced the administrative burden of manual communication processes, while also helping the function deliver on its promise: to protect employees and the business. “HR leaders have a pivotal role to play in ensuring employee health, safety, and well-being. With AlertMedia, we can facilitate clear, effective communication across the entire organization to be the strategic business partners every organization needs,” adds Selim.
Yielding Even Greater ROI by Extending the Use of AlertMedia to a Wide Range of Applications
In addition to communicating about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, there are a number of more common, yet critical events that Statek encounters where timely employee communication is just as important. Based on the organization’s initial success using AlertMedia during the pandemic, Statek is now expanding the use of the platform to a far wider range of applications.
“The COVID-19 crisis is what first led us to AlertMedia, but the system has been so effective as a mass communication tool that we now use it as our primary mode of communicating important information to employees,” says Selim. “From COVID-19 updates to fire drill announcements to sharing HR-related information like 401K changes and open enrollment deadlines, the applications of AlertMedia are limitless.”