The world is slowly becoming a more unsafe place. Every time we wake up and open the newspaper, there’s a bold headline of a new, shocking incident. As an employer, this puts a lot of pressure on your shoulders. It is after all your duty to keep your employees safe during working hours. But how?
As shootings and terrorist attacks become much more common, a simple ring of an alarm bell just does not suffice anymore. To ensure your workforce stays out of harm’s way, you need to make them be their own first-line defense. Meaning, you need to make sure your workforce knows exactly how to act in different, unexpected situations. Of course, this just doesn’t happen overnight. It requires training, lots of it.
Prepare your workforce
Emergencies or disasters can strike anyone, anytime, and anywhere. You and your employees could be forced to evacuate the premises when you least expect it. The best way to respond to an incident is to prepare yourself and your workforce before it even happens. Few people can think clearly and logically in a crisis, so it’s important to do so in advance, when you do have time to be thorough.
Educate your employees about the different types of emergencies that may occur and train them in the proper course of action. What if a fire broke out in your office? Or an active shooter enters the building wielding his gun? Be sure all your staff members know about your reporting procedures, alarm systems, evacuation plans and shutdown procedures.
At our office, we instill emergency protocols and procedures by repetitively displaying emergency related messages on every screen within the building. By continuously exposing staff members to these messages through our corporate app, digital signage screens and even our corporate screensaver, they remember better which actions to take when push comes to shove.
Emergency response (when the event occurs)
The actions taken in the initial minutes of an emergency are critical. A prompt warning to employees to evacuate, shelter or lockdown can save lives. With Netpresenter you can even guide your employees to safety during an incident.
Besides the blaring of an alarm, your workforce will receive clear information about what’s happening and real-time instructions about what to do. With one simple push of a button, striking alert messages will appear on every screen and device. Desktop alerts at work stations, red flashing alerts on digital signage screens and pop-up messages on every mobile device draw your staff’s attention immediately and allow them to evacuate accordingly.
Want to properly protect your employees? Contact one of our experts now and schedule a free demo.