Tips to Protect Lone Workers on a Budget
Lone worker protection is a necessity for all businesses that needs individuals to work alone in isolation. However, it has been observed that many organisations are not able to take adequate measures to protect lone workers because of financial constraints. After taking care of operational expenses, businesses are often left with very little to invest on lone worker protection. Also, there is a common perception that lone worker protection systems are a troublesome and costly exercise. However, this is not true and there is no need to break your bank for keeping your lone workers safe. Also, when the reputational damage and financial cost resulting from a lone worker related incident is factored in, lone worker protection must be a top priority regardless of its cost.
Mentioned below are a few ways to implement lone worker protection systems on a tight budget.
- First of all, opt for a lone worker protection company that allows your organisation to utilise your existing communication equipment. This includes your laptops, computers, desk phones, smartphones and other mobile devices. All these equipment can work interchangeably for the purpose of setting times or raising alarms during an emergency. As there is no need for additional dedicated devices, the cost of these lone working systems is affordable. The technology used in these systems is just an extension of the application of the existing devices. These simple solutions can be accessed via any computer connected to the internet. Through these systems, lone workers can enter work locations, create, update and cancel timers, and raise a panic alarm. Also, as the workers are already familiar with the devices, no significant investment is necessary for providing training to them.
- While choosing your lone worker protection system, be sure to avoid hidden license costs. Nowadays, a vast selection solutions and features are available to ensure lone worker safety across industries. Each of these solutions can be tailored to different lone working situations. As a result of these vast variations, different types of contracts as well as license terms are offered by lone worker protection providers. Therefore, it is important for organisations to have a clear understanding of the total costs throughout the contract and whether there will be any additional costs for adding new licenses or changing licenses in the future.
- Another great idea is to roll out your lone worker protection system across the workforce in a staggered manner. This will spread the cost amongst departments and help you properly deal with teething issues in small sections. Categorise your workers in terms of their risk factors or job roles, and start implementing the system the highest risk group. Depending on the results, gradually roll out the system for the remaining groups. By doing this, you can avoid paying for the entire pool of lone workers from the very beginning. This will also mean that your license renewal costs will be staggered over a period of time.
If you are looking to implement a lone working system without spending a fortune, please contact us at TWIG Australia. We have a huge range of reliable and affordable safety solutions designed for your specific needs.