How Safeteams helps businesses return to work safely
After battling the pandemic for more than a year, business owners hoped to put this nightmare behind them. However, with the emergence of new mutant strains, along with vaccine hesitancy in some regions, it’s becoming clear that companies will need to be diligent in designing their return-to-work protocols.
To limit the chances of an outbreak and inevitable shutdowns, businesses need to put in place a comprehensive return to work plan. This will prevent not only the spread of the virus but also ensure continuity of business operations.
In this post, we examine how Safeteams—a social distancing and contact tracing wearable solution—can help you get your people back into the workplace with confidence.
1. Access Workforce Data in Near-Real-Time to Manage Risk
It’s true in all aspects of business: quality data enables quality decisions. This advice is particularly true when it comes to managing the safety of your workplace during a pandemic.
Safeteams account admins have access to a variety of data across their organization, including the ability to pull workforce interaction and movement reports. With this data, company leadership can improve on-site workflows. For example, identifying if there scope to replace in-person interactions with virtual meetings or provide more personal protective equipment (PPE), etc.
Account admins can also identify which areas in the workplace need more sanitation by viewing zone analytics that reveals high traffic zones on-site.
For example, if your reporting shows that your break-room is a high-traffic zone during lunch hours, you can stagger lunch breaks in order to limit contact between employees.
In addition, you’ll better understand what other areas need deep-cleaning or more frequent sanitation measures, such as certain meeting rooms or workstations.
The access to valuable, real-time data means that managers can make the best decisions on how to protect employees.
2. Monitor and encourage Social Distancing
We know now that social distancing is one of the most important and effective measures when it comes to preventing COVID-19. However, that can be easier said than done, and in fact, one concerning Stanford study found that a common reason cited by people who didn’t social distance was “workplace requirements.'
While it may be crucial to restoring business operations, the return-to-work plan needs to be designed in a way that encourages social distancing.
That’s where Safeteams’ wearables come into play. When enabled, the wearable Clips will automatically look for other Clips in its vicinity. If two employees, who are wearing the Clips, fail to maintain a distance of approximately six feet, the Clips will start flashing red as a warning. These interactions between Clips (and the individuals wearing them) are recorded in a secure web-based platform—Safelink. This technology makes social distancing visual and easier to understand and follow, supporting a safer return to work.
3. Record Contact Tracing
Just as important as social distancing is contact tracing, which is the ability to record contacts and interactions with an infected employee to identify at-risk employees.
With Safeteams, this information is securely recorded by Hubs, which relay the information to our cloud-based app—Safelink. On this web application, admins can access social distancing and contact tracing data and reports.
Additionally, you can configure privacy settings to match various legal and policy requirements, including anonymizing contacts.
With contact tracing reports at the ready, you stay prepared in the event an employee tests positive for COVID-19 within your workplace. You can mitigate the risks of an outbreak by quickly identifying, alerting, and isolating employees who may have been in contact with the person who tested positive.
With this quick and precise approach, only a smaller subgroup of exposed individuals can then be tested or quarantined while the rest of your factory or office continues to operate normally.
Implementing an automated contact tracing solution also gives employees peace of mind, knowing they are in a safe work environment and steps are being taken to keep them safe. Furthermore, workspace safety contributes to your employees’ well-being and reduces your workspace insurance and employee health insurance premiums.
4. Stay proactive with Contagion Prevention Analytics
While contact tracing is a critical component of your return-to-work strategy, it is a reactive tactic since it only helps when an employee tests positive.
But, you can reduce overall risks by employing proactive measures such as contagion scores for each employee. In Safelink, you can generate contagion score reports on a per-employee basis. These scores identify individuals who regularly interact with a high number of other employees.
Using this data, you can implement alternative measures such as limiting the duration of in-person meetings or finding ways to substitute in-person contacts with virtual instances. The goal here is to add preventative measures, not simply rely on contact tracing data after the fact. Smart managers will use this data to mitigate contagion risk and design data-driven interventions.
For instance, Pollard Banknote—a leading lottery partner—uses week-by-week data to optimize how work is done on-site. By looking at their Safeteams’ reporting, they were able to implement measures such as an increase in personal protective equipment and adjusting workflows to limit interactions. You can read the full story here.
5. Keep privacy and data compliance top of mind
Organizations that implement robust COVID-19 protocols such as contact tracing are likely to get questions around privacy. Confidentiality is a top concern for Safeteams.
Since its inception, Safeteams has been GDPR compliant. Wearables are limited to the workspace, so employees don’t need to worry about data and tracking risks that are otherwise commonly associated with mobile applications. Moreover, wearables collect no other information outside of location, movement, and distance.
Employee interactions are recorded anonymously, and they remain that way unless a COVID-19 case arises within the company. Only when symptoms are reported is the list of exposed employees generated and used to make important decisions about the next steps.
Furthermore, Safeteams data is gathered by Hubs only in specific areas of the facility that are carefully pre-selected by the facility manager. Data collection is centralized on a secure platform that is hosted on Cloud.
About Safeteams’ Social Distancing and Contact Tracing Wearables
Safeteams has advanced reporting capabilities developed with cutting-edge technology. Safeteams is the brainchild of the makers of PixMob and klik, both internationally recognized brands in the events and conferences industry. Launched in the throes of a global pandemic, our social distancing and contact tracing solution helps businesses keep their workspaces safe and open. Today, our wearable technology is worn by 29,000+ employees in over 80 sites around the world.
Safeteams quickly delivers near-real-time social distancing monitoring and contact tracing reporting which can be used to accurately identify exposed employees and outline next steps such as testing, isolating, or quarantining.
We can help organizations deploy contact tracing quickly and easily, allowing employees to get back to your premises faster. At the same time, secure technology will ensure the privacy of your workforce and company data. If you’re interested in implementing a reliable, trustworthy, and robust solution to help your workforce return to work, book a meeting with our experts.