Improve guard safety

If you own or operate a security business, there is a good chance that the safety of your employees is a concern that is always at the back of your mind. You work with these people day in and day out, they are your friends, and you genuinely care about their safety and wellness. 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. This concern is amplified if your guards are working solo, work night shifts, guard high crime areas, or guard events that involve alcohol. Although your guards are well trained, there is always the fear of a situation that can get out of control if procedures to proactively prepare are not in place.

This type of an 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.  Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of your employees. 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.

The second concern is that you, as the business owner or manager, 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. If you assign a job to your employee and they are injured due to a lack of proper tools or resources, you are at fault.

Luckily, with advanced staff scheduling software, you can create a safer environment for your guards and minimize litigation risk for your business. Staff scheduling software can do far more than just schedule your employees. Through the use of both web and mobile devices, you have the ability to track your guards’ location and activities, while maintaining constant communication.

Through GPS tracking, you can even implement periodic mandatory check points at specific geographic locations. You can have guards clock into shifts using the same GPS checking to guarantee they make it to the site 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, you can rest assured if something does go wrong, you have a tool to communicate quickly and efficiently. Moreover, by using the communication tools included as part of the advanced scheduling package, you can alert guards of shift details and requirements well in advance, so they 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.