In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, governments and businesses around the world are putting an increased focus on health and safety, and are quickly realising that investing in technology is the most effective way of prioritising wellbeing (JLL, 2021).
Technological advancements have for a number of decades been central to not only changing how businesses operate, but also encouraging a safer work environment, but we are currently going through the most expansive – and altogether sweeping – technological revolution since the Victorian era.
So, with that very firmly in mind, let’s take a look at how advanced technology is working to keep employees safe, and better understand what the future of employment is liable to look like.
1. Projectors and holograms
Holograms may sound like something that should exist only in the realm of science fiction, but numerous business are starting to realise that they have tangible real-life benefits (Xsens, 2021). Examples of how such technology could be utilised effectively include being able to project caution lines or safety signage without the need to paint them, minimising the need for downtime and allowing for greater levels of information flexibility. Such holograms are also being used by emergency services with increased frequency in a bid to react to situations as they develop.
2. 3D visualisations
3D visualisations have been used across a number of sectors for years, but the technology has previously been incredibly expensive, and has also been routinely complicated to master. Now, as such software becomes cheaper and easier to master, companies large and small, and across various industries, are making use of 3D technology to predict outcomes, to prepare for an array of potential eventualities, to inform employees about what they should do in particular circumstances, and ultimately minimise the chance of employees, employers or indeed members of the public experiencing injury or harm of any kind (Forbes, 2021).
3. Accurate recording and monitoring
Traditionally, keeping tabs on employees who are participating in activities that are inherently dangerous or potentially hazardous, has been very difficult. It has either required someone else to be there in person to monitor visually, or has simply not been done at all, which is obviously not the most apposite means of operation. Technology, such as that which has been developed by Zecure, enables employees to mark themselves as safe when needed, can raise alarms should something go wrong or appear as though it may go wrong, can pinpoint someone’s location immediately, and can even track employee journeys to ensure they get from A to B without encountering any issues. Such technology is not intrusive, is by no means an encumbrance to any party involved, and gives both employees and employers peace of mind.
1 – JLL – changing workplace mentality – https://www.jll.com.au/en/trends-and-insights/workplace/five-ways-employees-now-think-differently-about-the-workplace
2 – Xsens – holographic projectors – https://www.xsens.com/news/new-mixed-reality-holographic-projector-for-construction-sites
3 – Forbes – the value of virtual reality – https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2021/02/12/using-vr-to-step-inside-your-data-vr-or-ar-enabled-analytics/?sh=2b5e859b5746