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Making your business a safer place with mobile communication

20-12-2012

Many workplace environments are constantly working toward improving communication because it directly affects safety and business. Over the course of the day, co-workers must communicate from office to office, from office to warehouse, and from the workplace to out in the field. The ability to get in touch with one another no matter where you’re at allows you to deal with issues ahead of time before they compromise safety. If you’re on the fence about whether or not your business needs mobile communication, here are some reasons you might want to consider in favour of having mobile devices for workplace communication, as well as where and how to use them.

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  • Heads-Up About Problems. Throughout the workday, you or someone else probably walks around to make sure everything’s working the way it should. As these periodic checks are conducted, it’s important to have a way to communicate with others if a problem is discovered. For instance, a leak or spill on the floor isn’t something you want to walk away from to get help because someone else might come along and slip. Having a mobile device with you allows you to get help without leaving the problem unattended.
  • Provide Clarification for Workers. There are times when employees have questions and need clarification or guidance but can’t leave their workstation to get it. Likewise, there are times when you may need to communicate last-minute changes to your workers and don’t have time to leave your office to do so. If you and your employees use mobile communication, these issues will never be a problem for you.
  • Who Should Have Access to Mobile Communication? Once you determine that mobile communication is a good idea for your business, you’ll have to decide who’s going to use it. The nature of your business may make it necessary for everyone to have a mobile device, or you might decide that you need one device for each department. This is a decision you’ll want to make before obtaining mobile communication devices.
  • Using Mobile Communication. Guidelines are an essential part of the workplace because they provide everyone with a clear understanding of the different aspects of running a business. If mobile devices are purchased to promote safety in the workplace, you’ll want to make sure your employees know not to use them for casual conversation; this problem can be eliminated with the use of mobile radios instead of cell phones. Additionally, it’s vital that you communicate to your work staff where to put the devices at the end of each workday so they can be fully charged and ready to use the next morning.

A workplace that’s spread out or requires people to stay in their areas prevents co-workers from communicating face-to-face. Having mobile communication available in your business eliminates misunderstandings, miscommunications and potential risk due to the inability to talk to one another. Choose mobile devices that suit your company’s needs best, and provide your employees with training so anyone who has access to the devices knows how and when to use them. When safety in the workplace is made a top priority, you can have your mind on the bottom line without worrying about accidents and mishaps.

Guest post by Charlie Curtis-Jones who writes for Brentwoodradios.co.uk a leading supplier of two way radio communication equipment and easy-to-use radio solutions for your business safety needs.

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The importance of communication in a work place cannot be over-emphasized, it cuts across various industries and organizations.

Some activity are totally dependent on mobile communication such as critical lifting, inspection of tunnels and tube lines, certain type of excavations etc.

In as much as its important, it also has its own peculiar risk which should be adequately assessed and mitigations put in-place.



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