By Tara Gibson - June 30, 2020
As countries and businesses begin to tentatively reopen in hopes to kickstart the economy, car manufacturers, such as Volkswagen, have reopened their manufacturing plants setting a pandemic-era blueprint for other manufacturers across the world, according to the Wall Street Journal. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, manufacturers have had to adjust their processes altering what workers were once used to before COVID-19 hit.
Back in March, Volkswagen, the world’s biggest car maker by sales, began shutting down and rolling manufacturing plant closures across the world in China, Europe and North America. Other large manufacturers began following suit including Airbus SE, the world’s biggest plane maker, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Peugeot, Renault and more. The WSJ explains that these widespread closures were intended to prevent further spread of the virus among factory workers as well as deal with collapsing global demand, closures of dealerships, and the dire need of virus-proof assembly lines and updated workplace safety measures to protect employees from COVID-19.
To safely reopen, large manufacturers have had to put new sanctions in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus within the workplace. Volkswagen issued new manuals to its global workforce which went into a detailed list of 100 workplace changes designed to minimize the risks of infection. Here’s some of the changes made:
With many physical changes being made to manufacturing facilities across the world, some manufacturers are leveraging technology tools to check in on employees and make sure they feel safe in the workplace. With a comprehensive mass notification solution, large manufacturers can create targeted lists to send mass alerts about changes in the factories, changes to shifts, and what procedures have been put in place for their safety.
Some mass notification solutions have geo-polling capabilities and SMS opt-in. To check in on employees, administrators can send out wellness checks to determine whether they feel safe at work, for example. Employers will receive simple text-based answers, which are organized into simple and clear reports to allow business leaders to make informed decisions. SMS opt-in is another useful tool in the workplace, as employees are the ones opting in to receive specific alerts. If they wanted to be informed of information for those working the third shift, for example, they would simply text “THIRDSHIFT” to a texting short code (112233) and then would be opted in for those alerts.
Mass notification solutions with additional workplace safety technology capabilities can be extremely helpful during these unprecedented times.
Tara is a Marketing Coordinator on the Rave Mobile Safety marketing team. She loves writing about all things K-12 education, and manages the Rave social media channels. When she's not working, she's taking care of her smiley, shoe eating, Instagram-famous fur baby, Enzo!
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