Picture this: in the vast, bustling cityscape of today's work world, a new trend is emerging. More and more workers are stepping off the crowded streets and choosing to walk their own path, often working alone or in remote locations. As of 2023, almost 13% of full-time employees work remotely. In 2025, it is expected that approximately 33 million US workers will work remote. It's a bit like being a lone explorer in a vast wilderness - exciting, yes, but also filled with unique challenges and potential dangers.
These lone workers, charting their own course, often come face-to-face with risks that their colleagues in the busy city - or traditional office settings - rarely encounter. This makes it absolutely crucial for employers to have a safety net in place, a kind of guardian angel watching over these lone explorers.
Enter lone worker management solutions. Think of them as a trusty sidekick, always ready to lend a hand with real-time monitoring, efficient communication tools, and swift emergency response mechanisms. These solutions not only ensure the safety of our brave explorers but also help organizations stay on the right side of health and safety laws. It's a win-win situation, keeping employees safe and the organization's reputation intact.
In the realm of lone worker safety solutions, two names stand out: SafetyIQ and Sheqsy. Both companies have made significant strides in developing innovative solutions that prioritize the safety of lone workers.
SafetyIQ, with its tagline "Predictability at work," offers a compelling lone worker management solution. It provides centralized visibility of your entire workforce, effective communication with periodic check-ins, and a reliable and automated escalation process. Furthermore, it allows for proactive and customizable risk assessments, ensuring that each worker's unique situation is taken into account.
On the other hand, Sheqsy, under the banner "Safety for Lone Workers," offers a solution that simplifies lone worker safety systems. It provides real-time protection for employees, making it easy to manage, monitor, and report on lone worker activities from a user-friendly dashboard. It also offers a smartphone app for iOS and Android, which can send duress alerts directly to managers or to a professionally monitored security center.
In the following sections, we will delve deeper into the features of both SafetyIQ and Sheqsy, highlighting their strengths and how they can benefit your organization.
SafetyIQ shines a spotlight on your entire workforce, providing a centralized view of all workers, no matter where they are. This is akin to having a bird's eye view of a bustling city, where you can see every movement and activity happening in real-time.
The benefits of this feature for managers and supervisors are immense. It allows them to monitor the status and safety of their team members continuously, ensuring that no one is left in the dark. This level of visibility not only enhances safety but also improves coordination and efficiency within the team.
SafetyIQ has built a bridge of communication between lone workers and their supervisors through its automated check-in system. Like clockwork, this system prompts workers to check-in at scheduled intervals, ensuring their safety and well-being.
The reliability of this feature is one of its key strengths. It ensures that no check-in is missed and any potential safety issues are promptly identified and addressed. This creates a safety net for lone workers, providing them with the assurance that help is always within reach.
SafetyIQ doesn't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to safety. It allows for proactive and customizable risk assessments, ensuring that each worker's unique situation is taken into account.
This feature underscores the importance of proactive safety measures. By identifying potential risks before they become issues, it allows for preventative action to be taken. This not only enhances the safety of lone workers but also contributes to a culture of safety within the organization.
Before Sandvik switched to SafetyIQ, they faced significant challenges in managing the safety of their isolated and remote workforce. Their existing processes were disconnected, relying on paper-based and call-in/call-out procedures that were inefficient and unreliable.
SafetyIQ stepped in with its Lone Worker Management module, which streamlined Sandvik's safety management procedures. It consolidated the multiple sources of data they used to manage their remote worker safety, creating a more efficient and effective system.
The benefits Sandvik experienced after switching to SafetyIQ were tangible. They gained complete visibility of workers across their entire operation, saving over $1,000 a month and 42 hours a month by eliminating manual approval processes. This case study serves as a testament to the transformative impact SafetyIQ can have on an organization's lone worker management.
Sheqsy brings safety to the fingertips of lone workers with its smartphone app, available for both iOS and Android. This app serves as a virtual companion for workers, providing them with a direct line of communication to their supervisors and security teams.
One of the key features of the Sheqsy app is the duress alerts. In situations where a worker feels threatened or is in danger, they can send an alert directly from the app. This feature ensures that help is just a tap away, providing an added layer of security for lone workers.
Sheqsy keeps a vigilant eye on employee activity with its real-time alert system. It's like a watchful guardian, constantly monitoring and ready to raise an alarm if something seems amiss.
The benefits of this feature are manifold. It ensures that any unusual activity or missed check-in is immediately flagged, allowing for a swift response. This real-time monitoring can make all the difference in emergency situations, potentially preventing accidents and ensuring the safety of workers.
The Sheqsy App can be downloaded straight from the app store, with instant activation. What sets apart Sheqsy is the no commitment trial, meaning you don’t need to book a demo of the product, it is free to download from the app store.
Both SafetyIQ and Sheqsy bring their own unique features to the table. SafetyIQ stands out with its centralized visibility of the entire workforce, automated check-ins, and customizable risk assessments. On the other hand, Sheqsy shines with its smartphone app, duress, and free trial.
SafetyIQ and Sheqsy, despite their differences, share a common goal: to ensure the safety of lone workers. They both offer features that address the unique needs of these workers, from real-time monitoring to effective communication channels. Whether it's SafetyIQ's proactive risk assessments or Sheqsy's duress alerts, both solutions are designed with the well-being of lone workers in mind.
While both SafetyIQ and Sheqsy offer robust lone worker management solutions, SafetyIQ has an edge in certain areas.
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