If you own or operate a security business, there is a good chance that employee safety is a constant concern. You work with these people day in and day out and their safety and wellness is important to you. Unfortunately, a dangerous work environment is often just a reality of the job. Your guards are there to protect others, sometimes at the expense of their own safety. It’s important to have procedures in place to prepare your guards for escalated situations.
Employee Safety Risks in the Security Industry
This type of unpredictable and high-risk work environment has two negative effects. First, and foremost, your guards are often alone or working in small groups and the risk of danger is high. Night shifts and events that involve alcohol increase this risk. No one expects to go to work and not come home safe and sound. Your employees are trying to provide for their families, and they have a right to feel safe at work.
Secondly, as the business owner or manager, you can be held liable in the case of injury or death of your workers. There are countless examples of costly lawsuits stemming from employer neglect. For example, an employer is at fault if there is an employee injury due to a lack of proper tools or resources.
Luckily, with advanced staff scheduling software, you can create a safer environment for your guards. Staff scheduling software can do far more than just schedule your employees. You have the ability to track your guards’ location and activities while maintaining constant communication. These tools are easily accessible both on the web and on your mobile device. Ultimately, they help minimize litigation risk for your business.
Through GPS tracking, you can even implement periodic mandatory check points at specific geographic locations. Guards can clock into shifts to guarantee they make it to the specific location safe and sound. This will ensure they are active and safe, without having to interrupt their normal processes.
As a manager, you can rest assured that your guards are secure and on task. As an employee, if something does go wrong, you have a tool to communicate quickly and efficiently. Moreover, by using these tools, you can alert guards of shift details and requirements well in advance. As a result, guards are prepared for any potential situation.
For the security industry, an automated scheduling and communication tool has benefits that far outweigh the basics of day to day guard scheduling. Not only can staff scheduling software help you create a safer work environment, you can also improve your efficiency, reduce overtime, keep you compliant, and at the end of the day, boost your security company’s bottom line, as detailed in a previous blog post.
Celayix Software is the industry leader in providing security companies best of breed staff scheduling solutions. With 15 years of experience in the industry, we understand the complications associated with ensuring your guards are at the right place, at the right time. We are trusted and recommended by companies such as Genesis Security Group, SecureNet, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, and many others.
To learn more about how you can improve the safety of your guards through staff scheduling software, please feel free to reach out to the Celayix team and we will be happy to assist you.