According to one study, 23% of people claimed to have been victims of workplace violence or harassment at some point in their working lives. On top of that, 321,000 people die annually from occupational accidents, along with over 300 million non-fatal occupational accidents every year.
In the United States alone, there were 392 workplace homicides during undertaking their work last year. The scale and nature of workplace safety issues are very real, posing a significant problem that can and must be addressed. With professional support, organizations can work to reduce these worrying statistics.
The growing challenge of criminal behavior
Another growing challenge that businesses face is the rising tide of criminal behavior. Many countries are expanding or constructing new prisons to house their growing criminal populations. Beyond impacting prison services, this surge in criminal activity has direct implications for workplace safety, including staff attacks and theft.
Consequently, the demand for security solutions, such as guard tours, is on the rise. According to Spindler: “A 2022 report says that in 2021, at least 24 countries announced plans for, or started construction of, new prison facilities – in total, creating at least 437,000 more spaces worldwide.”
Understanding the root causes
One of the most significant global megatrends is the drive for operational efficiency. Organizations optimizing their processes, resources, and workflows to achieve maximum output while minimizing waste and costs.
You might ask: what has this to do with workplace safety? Actually, the answer is everything. A common method of reducing costs is reducing the budget, which inevitably leads to downsizing the workforce.
Spindler said: “And what does that lead to? More lone workers. Instead of a team of two or three people to perform tasks, organizations are often relying on a single individual. This is inherently risky.”
Addressing workplace safety challenges
Businesses just don’t have the budgets; they have to prioritize what they can actually implement at any given time with the limited resources available. This often means managing existing systems while incorporating new and improved technology.
This is where Ascom excels, offering flexible workplace solutions that are not proprietary. Technology that makes the most of the existing infrastructure and can operate in a shared architecture environment. This allows for multiple use cases that support various processes, addressing cost and efficiency challenges.
Leading by example: Ascom’s commitment to workplace safety
Ascom has over 50 years of expertise in workplace safety, efficiency, and operational performance. This long history is the foundation of our strength as an organization. Spindler, who has been at Ascom for more than thirty years, said: “Experience has taught us the three things that matter most to our customers: to use existing functionality and infrastructure, provide user-friendly technology and choose end-to-end solutions.”
“When embracing new technology, we don’t rush into it just for the sake of it. Instead, we take the time to understand whether it will truly make a difference and provide a tangible benefit to our customers.”
This approach has allowed Ascom to support a number of clients on their digital transformation journey. Some of the mobile devices are now in their fifth generation. Regardless of the device, whether it's a pager, a desk phone, a Wi-Fi phone, or a smart device, they all incorporate workplace safety features. Workplace safety functionality is deeply embedded in Ascom's DNA.