Washington State Panic Button Legislation for Hotel, Motel, Retail Workers, Security Guards and Janitors

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This year Washington State has introduced state law intended to protect workers in the hospitality industry from sexual harassment and assault. What is the new Washington State Panic Button Law? A provision of the law (RCW 49.60.515) was passed to protect isolated workers in certain workplaces from sexual harassment and assault and requires affected employers to …

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Protecting Farm Lone Workers in Britain’s Most Dangerous Industry

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Farming and agriculture have been found to be Britains most dangerous industry. Farm workers often carry out their jobs alone which leads to many more incidents and fatalities. One way of bringing the numbers down and improving the safety of agricultural workers is to use a lone worker system. The Agriculture Fatality Rate Agriculture has …

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Lower your costs with COR – Certificate of Recognition

What is COR? The Certificate of Recognition (COR) is a certification program in Canada that evaluates employers’ occupational health and safety management system and recognizes those who are proactive about workplace safety.[1] In the past, COR has predominantly been in the construction industry, however, many provinces have expanded to other industries. Why Get COR? Competitive …

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Ok Alone has Partnered with what3words to Help Protect Lone Workers

We’ve added what3words to our lone worker system to provide an alternative way of describing a worker’s last know location. what3words is a simple way to identify precise locations. Every 3 metre square has been given a unique combination of three words. For example, the exact location of Parliament Hill, London can be found at …

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The Dangers of Being a Lone Working Security Guard in the U.K

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics show that there were an estimated 739,000 incidents of violence at work, 356,000  of which were physical assaults. ¹ New Security Roles Violent crime continues to increase across the U.K as police numbers diminish. As a result of this, private guards have been hired to fill the security …

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Situation Not Normal – Is Your Mind on Your Driving?

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Rick Walters and Angelina Robinson from Road Safety at Work BC. recently hosted a webinar, ‘Situation Not Normal – Is Your Mind on Your Driving?’ in response to the worldwide pandemic and its impact on those who drive for work. In the current climate people are experiencing pressure, uncertainty, and constant change. These bring with …

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Keep Workers Safe by Pairing Microsoft Teams with a Lone Worker Solution

In November of 2016 Microsoft announced a new product ‘Teams’, a unified communication and collaboration platform that combines persistent workplace chat, video meetings, file storage, and application integration. ¹ Microsoft Teams began being widely used by the public in 2017 and has replaced Skype for Business which will be retired on the 31st July 2021. …

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The Positive Impact of Gamification on Engagement at Work

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In 2019 TalentLMS conducted a survey to examine how gamified elements change the state of training, productivity, motivation, and employee engagement. The following results are from a pool of 526 people who use gamification in their workplace. 89% of employees say that when a specific task at work is gamified they feel competitive and eager to …

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The Benefits of Gamification for Increasing Employee Engagement

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Employee engagement and productivity are complicated ideas.  These are things that often start to diminish after people have been in their position for a year. There is however something that can be done to alter this course, gamification. Gamification The simplest definition of gamification is: ‘a process for integrating game mechanics into something that already …

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Lone Worker Safety Award Rankings for Companies and Lone Workers

Lone worker safety award rankings

Ok Alone investigated the engagement of lone workers actively using their lone worker systems. Our research found that motivating a workforce to think and act safely by encouraging worker involvement and collaboration can be achieved. The main way to encourage this is by creating a sense of competitiveness and comradery around the company’s main goal, …

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Annual Party Case Study

Ok Alone keeps a trucking company in touch with their staff on the move

We love hearing stories about our customers and how our system has helped them. Recently we heard the best story yet, our system saved somebody’s life! This is why we developed Ok Alone, so to say we were excited to hear this story is an understatement! To protect the privacy of those people involved, all …

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How Personality Type Affects Motivation When Using Gamification in the Workplace

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It is not always easy to have workers motivated or on-board for new initiatives in the workplace, but what if these initiatives are designed to do exactly that? What if the purpose of the initiative is to rejuvenate and re-engage your workforce? Research into Gamification Researchers have found that ‘from a theoretical point of view …

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Introducing Safety Award Certificates and Report Cards

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Here at Ok Alone, we have made some improvements to the Safety Awards program introducing Report Cards and Certificates. Report Cards Report Cards are a visual way for workers to see their achievements from each month and be inspired to do better.  Each month we take into account a number of safety factors including missed check-ins, location …

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