If your company is like most others, budgets are tighter than ever. Is there a way to get more out of the tools you already have? The answer may be easier than you think.
Mass notification can do much more than just alert large numbers of people in an emergency. If you’re considering acquiring a mass notification system—or you’ve already invested in one and are wondering if you can get more out of what you’ve purchased—read on to see how companies like yours use notification in unexpected ways.
- A sales manager alerted his team about price and product changes; the message was sent to everyone at once with confirmation of receipt requested.
- After a teacher called in sick, a university used mass notification to put out the call to all qualified substitutes.
- One large company used notification to reach everyone on its campus when all staff and visitors had to evacuate because of a gas leak.
- During business negotiations for an impending merger of two companies, CEOs alerted various groups within both organizations as the merger progressed.
- When a flood knocked out city phone lines, a utility company sent a notification to all residents via mobile devices, asking if they were safe or needed help.
- When insurance codes change, smart health care administrators let all providers know at once with an alert.
- One municipality deputized a team of 450 in one night when a prisoner escaped.
- A project manager keeps up with team and individual progress by using mass notification to manage her complicated deliverables list.
- One large office divides all workers into notification groups by business and by floor. This way, notifications involving things like parking lot resurfacing or elevator repair can be sent just to those impacted.
- Rather than calling distributors one by one, a manufacturer sends an alert to all of them at once, inviting them to join a call with just the touch of a button.
- A healthcare organization uses notification to reach seniors in their homes by sending automated wake-up calls, medication reminders and messages to check on them; if someone doesn’t answer, an alert is sent to a designated caregiver.
- One HR department uses mass notification to share health information during flu season, summer heat waves, wildfire season, and even when parking is disrupted.
If it wasn’t already clear, it should be now—all you need to do to get more out of your mass notification system is get creative.