As a manager at a manufacturing facility, your top priority is most likely balancing workplace safety, team morale and enhancing productivity. With the right communication tools, you can maintain safe social distancing practices while enhancing productivity.
COVID-19 introduced new challenges and have forced manufacturers to change systems that always worked in the past. Recent workplace associated COVID-19 outbreaks have forced all businesses to change “business as usual.” Now we aim to keep our team members at least six feet apart from each other at all times.
It feels like a bit of a catch-22. The success of your business relies on maintaining productivity. Your team relies on their income to support their families and the economy depends on companies like yours. But everyone also wants to stay healthy and safe. Anything you can do to maintain both safety and productivity will help meet these needs.
How a Two-Way Radio System Enhances Efficiency and Team Safety
Close face-to-face communication puts workers at unnecessary risk. In the past, it was essential, but thanks to modern communication technologies, your team can directly communicate in real-time while maintaining a safer physical distance.
A two-way radio system offers a cost-effective solution to maintaining workflow while maintaining safer social distancing practices. Your team can speak at their natural volume, hear each other clearly while remaining at least six feet apart.
Top Social Distancing Practices Using a Two-Way Radio in Manufacturing
Using wireless 2 way communication systems, individuals and groups can talk in real-time anywhere within your manufacturing facilities or offices. In fact, two-way radios may be the best tool manufacturers have to protect their worker safety without losing productivity.
Here are a few top practices and examples of how a radio system is an excellent investment.
Fast Response Time
Your socially distanced team on the floor can ask a supervisor any questions that need an immediate response. Real-time communication is essential to any working environment, especially the fast-paced world of manufacturing, where any mistake is potentially costly.
Improved Security and Safety
Security professionals and emergency response teams have long-relied on two-way radios. Having fewer workers on staff in an area may present new safety or security issues. By giving more of your team access to radio communications, it is easier to call for backup or help in an emergency.
Encourages Efficiency While Social Distancing
In some noisy situations, specialized headsets and radio systems result in easier communication, especially if some of your team happen to be hearing impaired. Otherwise, team members may stand close together, yelling towards each other. This adds to the COVID-19 risk since there are some indications that vocal projection, like singing or shouting, might increase the risk of spreading air-born germs. There is no need to take that risk if you invest in a quality radio communication system.
Maintains Team Energy and Cohesion
People are, by nature, social creatures. Many people work not just for income but also for social connection and community pride. Social distancing practices are necessary but sometimes lead to feelings of isolation among workers. Two-way radios and other realtime communication tools help remind your workers that they are still part of a team and boost morale.
Most Hygienic Option
To avoid cross-contamination, we do encourage customers to try to avoid sharing radio headsets, earpieces, and microphone covers. We know sometimes workers may need to share radios with their colleagues from another shift.
We have always encouraged our customers to disinfect their radios between users, and we even provide sanitation stations with each system we sell to manufacturers. To be extra safe, we encourage people to sanitize at the end of the shift and also when they start a new shift.
Our radio systems are made with easy-clean vinyl surfaces, specifically, so users can sanitize them between shifts. This has always been the right way to do things; COVID-19 just increased awareness about how we can limit the spread of germs and infection. A sanitized two-way radio is more hygienic than a cellphone, especially if you issue each team member with their own earpieces and microphone covers (depending on the type of system you choose).
Faster Than a Phone Call
In this age where everyone has a smartphone, some thrifty managers may wonder why not just use one. The answer is efficiency. A push-to-talk two-way radio is faster than a cell phone and offers fewer distractions. This is why first responders like firefighters usually use two-way radios and rarely use their cellphones to talk.
With a phone, you have to dial a number and wait for the other person to pick-up. A “walkie-talkie” or radio is a push to talk. No one gets distracted, which is essential in a manufacturing facility.
Better Training and Learning Options
Even before COVID-19, we specialized in manufacturing-specific tools for better plant tours and more effective training. The systems we sell were engineered specifically for factories, plants and other manufacturing facilities.
Our two-way radios are specially optimized for noisy environments and to allow a speaker to use their normal voice while allowing others to hear them clearly. Each worker can adjust the volume on their headset to the perfect level for them.
This type of system is the gold standard for training sessions, workshops and investor tours. COVID-19 has not changed that; it only increased the value of socially distanced communication methods that work.
Next Steps to a Safer Workplace
A specialized two-way radio communication system helps you maintain social distancing practices without sacrificing efficiency. In other words, it keeps your team safer while your business makes money.
We are experts in manufacturing communication systems. To learn more about which systems may work for you, contact us at Plant Tours for more information or a free consultation.