After countless complaints of hotel workers enduring sexual harassment, the industry is finally responding by introducing increased measures to better protect its employees. Cities like Chicago, New York and Seattle, to name a few, have gone as far as legislating requirements for their hotels, due to ongoing complaints of harassment that range from guest nudity, groping, and touching to forced contact.
In some cities, hotels are penalized with steep fines for not implementing a mobile safety solution for employees that work alone by a certain date. How can they avoid this problem? The answer is simpler than you think: panic buttons. These wearable safety devices help employees alert security personnel if they feel they are in a compromising position or in danger. Harassment of hotel workers — specifically housekeepers — has been a longstanding issue that the hospitality industry has had a difficult time addressing. The rise of the #MeToo and #TimesUp women’s rights movements reignited the conversation around harassment inside hotel rooms and has forced industry leaders to find a more comprehensive solution.
CYRN, pronounced sīrən, is a discreet, wearable panic button and smartphone application combined into a complete mobile worker safety solution. Complete mobile worker safety solutions are more robust than their hardware-only or software-only counterparts. The CYRN panic button leverages smartphone technology to support employee safety needs, while remaining customizable to meet further regulations or business practices that require compliance.
How it Works:
With one push of the CYRN SOS button, the connected smartphone will send an emergency alert via personalized text message that includes the employee’s GPS location to alert their predefined contacts of an incident taking place.
CYRN can be carried discreetly in a pocket or a bag, worn on the wrist, on a keycard, or around the neck as a pendant. The panic button uses Bluetooth® technology in association with a mobile app on Android or iOS to initiate the emergency alert messages from a smartphone.
U.S. hotels are aiming to implement the panic button at all properties by 2020. Don’t be one of the hotels that’s penalized for failing to implement a solution before an incident occurs. Show your employees that you care about their safety and well being. Connect and protect your team with CYRN. Call or click for a risk free demo today.