Provide Unrivaled Employee Security for Hospitality Staff
There is no hiding from the facts. Figures which prove themselves true from state to state and city to city across the United States. Hospitality workers, especially female housekeepers, are at higher risk for sexual assault and inappropraite conduct than any other group in the United States. The statistics continually show that working-class women in the restaurant and hospitality industries experience the highest rates of reported sexual harassment on the job.
Over a 10-year period from 2005-2015 alone, at least 5,000 complaints of sexual harassment were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. No other industry in the country reported as many or a higher percentage of sexual harassment cases, according to an analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from the Center for American Progress. But there are solutions available to hotels to improve employee security and many are finally taking action.
Multiple cities across the country have enacted laws or regulations mandating that hotel operators provide their housekeeping staff with portable panic buttons, including Seattle, Chicago, Miami, New York City and Washington D.C. Even states are taking up the issue of employee security, when New Jersey became the first state in the country requiring hotels to provide housekeeping staff with panic buttons through state-wide legislation in June of 2019.
Hotel owners and operators are not only required to provide panic buttons to housekeeping and other staff in some cities and states, but many of the largest hotel chains in the world are taking it upon themselves to improve employee security and comfort. Panic buttons will be provided nationwide by Hilton, Hyatt, Marriot, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and InterContinental Hotels Group, among others. This apart of a 17-hotel-brand agreement (led by the American Hotel & Lodging Association) known as the 5-Star Promise signed in 2018, which vowed to implement policies and technologies by the end of 2020 to keep employees safe.
Luckily, complying with the new mandate does not have to break your hotel’s bottom line. Unrivaled employee security is achievable at a tremendously affordable price thanks to the Securalert™ wireless panic button system, providing your staff an ability to immediately alert security with pinpoint accuracy and response time. In order to ensure your Washington D.C. hotel provides increased employee security, use the Securalert™ wireless panic button system to gain the tremendous benefits in these three critical areas.
Panic Button Device
The kind of panic button device required by many of the cities and states seeking to improve employee security is left open to hotel discretion for the most part. However, a key component of the panic button itself is that it should be portable and easy to activate in an emergency situation. The Securalert™ panic button transmitter is small enough to be worn as a watch or on a lanyard. It can also run up to four weeks on a single charge. A simple press of a button is all it takes to alert others for quick assistance.
Of course, pressing a panic button does your employees very little if responders can’t quickly and accurately locate the distressed employee’s position. This is the area where Securalert™ truly makes the difference. Using four main components, our supervised wireless duress system sends the user’s location with 99.9 percent accuracy to the room, which is critical in often large hotel buildings with hundreds of rooms. With Securalert™, not a moment is wasted between the press of the panic button and the arrival of support.
The entire purpose of the panic button mandate in hotels across the country is to dramatically increase employee security — both your staff’s comfort on the job and actual assistance should they find themselves in an emergency situation. Prompt assistance is the only way to guarantee both are possible. Because our panic button is easy to use and provides responders with pinpoint accuracy, there is no wasted effort or disruption of other hotel guests when seeking out the duressed employee. Settle for nothing less than the Top Rated National® wireless mobile panic button.