Texting beats talking for 75% of millennials (aged 23 to 38 in 2019), according to a recent study conducted by OpenMarket*. Opposable thumbs are winning over vocal cords in the world of constant communication.
Bear In Mind
When considering lone worker protection solutions, all dedicated devices depend on speech to initiate timed risk periods. From small pebble-shaped keyrings to ID badge styles, they all have the same drawback - employees must speak into them to create a timed risk event, also referred to as an amber alert.
For higher-risk employees such as housing officers and social workers, they should be setting a timed risk period for every single visit they carry out. If this process isn’t simple for them, they will not use the system in this way. And if they feel self-conscious to be seen talking into their ID badge, or worse they fear if they’re overheard it would cause offence, they will be less likely to actively use the system, therefore, putting their own safety at risk.
There is a really simple solution to the problem – and it’s only an app away.
A smarter solution to lone worker protection
Applications are a smarter solution for the following reasons:
- Employees are likely to charge phone devices.
- Employees can send alerts without drawing attention to themselves.
- Employees can pair the app with non-chargable bluetooth clicker for quick activation of SOS alarms.
- Employees can schedule timed risk events via the app and discreetly extend them if they need to.