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Mobile apps have turned the humble mobile phones of yesteryear into the digital Swiss-army knives that we call smartphones. Apps enable us to take full advantage of the sophisticated hardware in our smartphones, unlocking their full potential. Many businesses utilise commercially available and proprietary smartphone apps to aid their employees in carrying out their duties.

Apps are an excellent way of enhancing productivity, but this isn’t the only reason businesses should invest in them. Mobile apps can also improve workplace health and safety and alleviate workers’ anxiety. In fact, app developers are currently leading the charge in revolutionising how businesses approach employee safety and wellbeing.

A convenient solution

It’s easy for businesses and staff to become complacent about personal safety in the workplace, especially if they work in an environment that is generally considered safe. For example, retail workers don’t spend much of their day worrying about safety issues. The most dangerous situation that many retail staff face is lifting and moving heavy objects. On the other hand, workers on a construction site need to remain vigilant and aware at all times.

But the reality is that no workplace is 100% safe. There is always some degree of risk, even if it’s very low. A personal safety app is a simple and affordable way that any business can improve worker safety. Some apps are designed for specific types of workplace, but Zecure is a general-purpose app that enables staff to raise the alarm and record audio and video of any dangerous incidents.

Protecting people, not places

Many businesses invest in robust security measures to protect buildings and property, but relatively few invest in similarly robust protections for their workers. Of course, staff will benefit from security measures that protect their workplace, as long as they are on-site. But for staff who regularly travel off-site, once they leave the safety of the workplace, they can often find themselves on their own without any protection.

Personal safety apps installed on workers’ smartphones ensure that they have some level of protection wherever they are. As long as they have their smartphone with them, they can raise the alarm, record evidence, and create a digital log of any incidents that occur. Many personal safety apps aimed at businesses are available as SaaS solutions. This means businesses usually pay a subscription fee for access to the app, allowing them to download and install it on multiple devices instead of paying a fee per device. This makes apps one of the more affordable examples of personal safety technology.

Encouraging reporting

Every business has policies in place for reporting and recording workplace accidents or any situation where employee safety is compromised. But these are dependent on workers reporting incidents and managers making a record of them. Staff can be deterred from making reports and managers from recording them for numerous reasons. They often think it isn’t worth it or because they’re concerned about the potential consequences. These decisions can have serious consequences for employers (Cesi, 2021), so it is always in their interests to ensure accurate reporting.

With personal safety apps, records are generated automatically, and every incident is logged. This gives HR staff and managers complete and reliable data about safety concerns amongst workers.

Ultimately, personal safety apps like Zecure give workers and employers peace of mind. They are an effective and affordable way of improving worker safety and alleviating anxiety within any business.

Cesi (2021) ‘What Are the Consequences of Not Reporting an Accident at Work?’