Manual check calls are one of the most common methods used to monitor the safety of employees who work alone. Check calls are commonly scheduled at timed intervals throughout the day or before and after entering a work site.
While manual check-ins are perceived to be low cost and low resource, there are a number of challenges that arise when relying on check calls alone.
Typical challenges of check calls
Long response times
If an accident or incident occurs, an employee won’t be alerted until the time of a check-in. This could be a couple of hours or even an entire working day depending on check-in intervals. Locating the employee could then take several more hours if their exact location is not known.
Following an injury, response times are time critical and an injury could be severely worsened by the time an employee is finally located.
False alarms and complacency
Effective check-ins rely entirely on the lone worker remembering and carrying out check-ins at the required times. A busy schedule or complacent attitude could cause them to forget or fail to check-in, causing a false alarm.
It is then up to the monitor to follow up on a missed check-in but they too could easily forget or become complacent, particularly if they are used to receiving false alerts.
False alarms can also easily be caused if an employee’s phone loses power. Unless they have remembered to call or text their employer to warn them, this will lead to false alarms.
False alarms are likely to cause time and resources to be wasted trying to chase up and locate the employee or could even prevent monitors from responding to a genuine alarm.
Stopping work to make a phone call can be time consuming and distract from the work at hand. For the supervisor, monitoring a group of lone workers and calling each one back if they miss a call is also incredibly time consuming and will cost the business.
If a lone worker is carrying out client meetings or sessions, stopping the meeting to make a phone call will be distracting and can affect the quality of the service for the client. If the meeting is sensitive in nature, this could be particularly troublesome as the client could be upset by the action.
Fortunately, there are a range of low cost, technology based check-in solutions on the market today that address the challenges of manual check-ins. StaySafe offer an app which not only allows lone workers to check-in at the touch of a button, but monitors their safety status in real time and allows them to send a number of alerts if they are in need of immediate assistance.
How does StaySafe overcome the challenges of manual check-ins?
- As well as missed check-in alerts, StaySafe offer a range of alert options such as panic, discreet panic and duress so that the monitor can be alerted as soon as an accident or incident occurs
- Beginning a session or sending an alert on the app, brings up a lone workers accurate GPS location so that locating them and responding to an alert is quick and effective
False alarms and complacency
- StaySafe helps to tackle the issue of false alarms by sending audible reminders to the lone worker when they are required to check-in
- If a missed check-in is triggered, the monitor will be alerted via email, text and optionally, via a phone call, reminding them to take action
- StaySafe also sends a low battery alert to inform the monitor when the app users battery is about to run out. This way they can remind them to charge their phone and will be aware that a missed check-in may be false
- Not only is pressing a button to check-in quicker than making a phone call, check-ins can be performed at any time during the interval, resetting the clock. This means the lone worker can check-in at the most suitable time, for example, between meetings, during a break or when work is less busy.
- StaySafe can also be paired with a wearable button that can be worn around the wrist, neck or attached to clothing and used to check-in quickly and without having to stop a job.
- Tapping a button on an app is much less intrusive then making a phone call during a one on one meeting. If, however, taking out a phone still seems distracting, StaySafe’s wearable button can be used to check-in discreetly.
If you are interested in switching from manual check-ins to StaySafe’s monitoring solution, get in contact today.