Useful Tools For Business

Useful Tools For Business – Sometimes it really is hard to find a Tool that could really benefit you and your business, because there are so many out there on the market ready for you to try. Here are some Tools that MyTeamSafe like to use.

1Password

1Password will generate and store your passwords which really helps you set a strong complicated password, that you don’t even need to remember.  You can view all your accounts in a super safe place where your passwords will be protected within the 1password’s app.

1Password remembers them all for you. Save your passwords and log into sites with a single click. It’s that simple.

iOS, Android

 

Monzo

Monzo is a brilliant way to help you save money by limiting on what you spend day by day. Here are some awesome features that Monzo offers.

  • Get instant notifications every time you make a payment.
  • See how much you’re spending with built-in monthly spending analysis.
  • Freeze your Monzo Card instantly if you lose it, defrost it when you find it.
  • Receive intelligent insights into your spending habits.
  • Send money instantly to friends and family.
  • Top up your Monzo Card with Apple Pay or another debit card.
  • Use your card abroad as you would at home. There are no fees and you get the wholesale MasterCard® exchange rate.
  • No fees or charges.

IOS, Android

Wunderlist

Wunderlist can be so helpful towards your business or for personal use. assigning tasks to your employees or friends so that they can’t be forgotten. Tick them off the list once you have finished your task, Recieve your reminds via email and push notifications. Wunderlist is a great way to keep on top and manage your tasks. Wunderlist is available on all platforms.

  • MAC OS X
  • ANDROID TABLET
  •  IPAD
  •  WEB
  •  WATCH
  • CHROMEBOOK
  • KINDLE FIRE

IOS, Android, Windows 10

 

Grammarly

Grammarly is a great way to improve your writing skills and keeping it really professional. Making it less stressful knowing that your grammar and spelling mistakes can be tracked and corrected by a click of a button. Grammarly can be really helpful with writing blogs, emails and much more.

How does Grammarly work?

Grammarly is an online grammar and spelling checker that improves communication by helping users find and correct writing mistakes. It’s easy to use:
  • Copy and paste any English text into Grammarly’s online text editor, or install Grammarly’s free browser extension for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.
  • Grammarly’s algorithms flag potential issues in the text and suggest context-specific corrections for grammar, spelling, and vocabulary. Grammarly explains the reasoning behind each correction so you can make an informed decision about whether, and how, to correct an issue. https://www.grammarly.com/faq

Add Grammarly to your browser here: https://www.grammarly.com

 

Social Scheduler

With plans starting from as little as £3 per month, Social Scheduler is a great tool that enables you to schedule your social media messages to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram.

One of the valuable features is the easy ‘repeat’ mode.  You simply state how many times that you want to repeat the message, then specify how often to repeat it, for example, ‘every 5 days, 4 hours and 15 minutes’.  This is particularly useful if you have an international audience – you can capture interests in different timezones very easily.

Photos are supported too, it’s easy to send the same message to all platforms, but they make it easy to cross-promote (slightly different text per platform) rather than cross-post the exact same content.  You can also specify a subset of accounts to repeat to.

If you have a habit of being slightly too busy to put posts out, then why not schedule some in advance, or put ‘draft’ messages in your calendar for special events, like Haloween, Christmas, or perhaps your marketing campaigns.

MyTeamSafe uses Social Scheduler to put out reminders about events and to schedule regular marketing messages, whilst we use Facebook and Twitter directly for the ‘in-the-moment’ and more personal messages.

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You may consider MyTeamSafe as a useful tool for your business, Especially if you have lone workers, you can try our lone working solution free for 30 days, with text (SMS), email and push notifications.

 

 

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5 Most Dangerous Lone Working Jobs

Corrections Officer

Prison officers are at very high risk of dealing with very violent inmates and at high risk of being attacked within the prison. Officers check for unsanitary conditions, fire hazards, and/or any evidence of tampering or damage to locks, bars, grilles, doors, and gates. Also, protecting fellow officers from inmates and protect inmates from other inmates at all times. An officer must be a disciplinarian and enforce the rules and punish when rules are violated.

Want to know more about Prison Officers?  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prison_officer

 

Police Officer / Security Guards

Security guards and police officers can face huge risks night and day. They can’t predict what could happen throughout their working day with escalated dangerous situations they must face, for example arresting someone with a weapon like a knife, which is also putting your life in danger with high risks of possible death.

 

Farmers

Farming is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.

First off, the tractors on busy roads. Yes, they are very slow causing a lot of traffic at times but some people are in a hurry to overtake which can cause high risks of collisions with other vehicles on the other side of the road, some say people try over taking these tractors on blind corners.

Working alone seems to be a normal and natural thing for a farmer but as you get older this then creates its own set of risks, The most common deaths for farmers is tractor rollovers, but most farmers are also injured by farm equipment or livestock which increases chances of contracting Q fever from nearby sheep and goats, Fast moving equipment is a very high risk when being a farmer, these machines can get a hold of your clothing  and pull at it which can result in losing an arm.

 

Veterinarians

Most animals seem all cute and cuddly but animals can be very unpredictable and dangerous, no matter how much we do to tame them. Big or small Veterinarians can still be injured especially for those who work with cattle as they tend to have the worst injuries.

 

Construction Laborer

Laborers have many risks to be cautious off. Starting with correct PPE, all sites won’t allow you to go on a site unless you have the correct PPE for example, steel cap boots, hi-viz jacket and hard hat. Most laborers work in a large group or team, but some have their individual lone working jobs.

Some construction sites even have a crane being operated which can be a high risk of being crushed. Laborers have a lot of high risks of slips trips and falls, ear damage from loud machinery, back pain from lifting heavy equipment, Asbestos and much more.

 

 


Maybe your at high risk at work especially when working alone (lone working), this is where our tool MyTeamSafe comes in. You can try our lone working solution for 30 days free.

 

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5 Jobs You Can Do From Home

If you are currently working for someone else, then perhaps this blog will inspire you to think about a new job, perhaps with the luxury of working from home.

Whether you are working for someone else, from your home, or you work self-employed at home, you should consider your safety first.  What happens if you have a fall, or get an electric shock, or lock yourself in the bathroom?  There’s a whole host of things that could go wrong, but first, let’s start with something more optimistic, let’s look at some jobs that are compatible with working from home, that is also lucrative.

 

Web Developer

If you love designing have you ever thought of becoming a web developer? These days you can use sites like WordPress which can help you simply create a site without having to learn code. Obviously, WordPress is a learning process. But a good place to start. There’s no exact answer on how much a web developer can make.

  • You could just start off by creating a website for small business for around £500-£700.
  • The median salary for a web developer is around £40,035 – £59,667 a year or higher.

Social Media Manager 

A lot of people are familiar with Social Media, but you can also use it as a powerful marketing weapon. The role of being a Social Media Manger is managing all social media channels by scheduling posts and Engaging with your followers. Write engaging blog posts and much more.

  • As an assistant or junior social media manager, your starting salary is likely to be between £19,000 and £23,000.
  • More experienced social media managers typically earn between £25,000 and £40,000.With substantial experience, salaries can go up to £60,000, or more.

Check out: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/social-media-manager for more information about what responsibilities you will have being a Social Media Manager.

Freelancer

A freelancer is self-employed person offering services, usually to businesses and often to multiple clients at a time. A freelancer can offer any type of service for example: Software Engineering, Marketing, web development graphic design and much more. Freelancers vary typically from £20 – £30 per hour.

Blogger

A blogger creates content, for either personal use, businesses or news. But how do you make money by making a blog?

  • You would do CPC/PPC ads. These are the cost per click ads, they are usually banners that you place in your content so that each time a reader clicks on the ad you get paid by every click.
  • There is also something called CPM ads. Which stands for “Cost per 1.000 impressions” these ads pay you a fixed amount of money on how many people view your add.

More details here: https://www.bloggingbasics101.com/how-can-i-make-money-from-my-blog/

ProBlogger readers who said they’re trying to make money by blogging found that 9% make between $1,000 and $10,000 a month and 4% make over $10,000 a month. But the vast majority makes less than $3.50 per day.

https://lifehacker.com/can-i-really-make-a-living-by-blogging-1537783554

 

Home Teaching

Maybe you’re a professional in what you do and confident enough to teach others. For example Web Development, Marketing, Coding. You could teach anything, you might want to teach different languages or sign language.

Learn the market rates for specific projects. How much should you charge? http://www.njcreatives.org/how_much_should_i_charge/ 

 


If you work from home then install MyTeamSafe today – colleagues, friends and family can then be alerted if you don’t check in on time, which could even save your life.

You can try our lone working solution for 30 days free.

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 3 Tips For Keeping Cool

When working outdoors, the weather can have a serious impact on employees, like heat stress which is an issue for people working in high temperatures.

Too much sunlight is harmful to your skin. It can cause skin damage including sunburn, blistering and increase the chances of skin cancer.

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the UK, with over 15,419 cases and 2,459 a year.

Symptoms of Heat Stroke:

  • Chills
  • Trouble speaking
  • Elevated pulse rate
  • Dizziness and/or vertigo
  • Skin that’s hot to the touch
  • Severe, migraine-like headaches
  • Individual has stopped sweating

1. Don’t Drink Caffeine

If you’re at risk of dehydration, drink plenty of fluids such as water, try to avoid caffeine. This is a hard one because who doesn’t like a coffee in the morning?

Your energy is the most import thing to focus on when working in the heat, and caffeine isn’t the solution. Caffeine will dehydrate you quickly, whether it’s hot or iced it’s the death of your energy and will still lead to dehydration. The best replacement for a coffee in the morning is fruit.

Check out this blog post to see what fruit can give off energy. http://www.active.com/nutrition/articles/18-energy-boosting-fruits

2. Rehydrate.

It’s not about grabbing the iced water from the freezer you froze overnight in a bottle, it’s the most damaging thing to do to your body – it shocks your system it can affect your digestion, negatively affect the spleen, weakens your immune system, exacerbate existing health conditions.

More details about why you should drink ice cold water and why it’s bad for you. https://dailyhealthpost.com/4-hidden-ways-drinking-ice-cold-water-is-bad-for-you/

Or check out the best drinks to keep you cool in a heat wave. http://www.standard.co.uk/shopping/esbest/food-drink/heat-wave-hydration-the-best-drinks-to-keep-you-cool-in-hot-weather-10358112.html

Find drinks that are rich in electrolytes, like Gatorade or coconut water, These will not only give your body time to properly digest it, but it will also help to prevent cramping.

Electrolytes are certain nutrients (or chemicals) present in your body that have many important functions — from regulating your heartbeat to allowing your muscles to contract so you can move. The major electrolytes found within the body include calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphate and chloride.

source: https://draxe.com/electrolyte-imbalance/

3. Wear Light Colour Clothes.

Dark colours absorb more heat than light coloured clothing. Some companies have dark coloured clothing which will make you hotter. It might be worth asking your manager about having dark clothing in the winter, and light coloured clothing in the summer. White, beige and light pastel colours are the best shades to wear to keep your skin cool.

If your working from home, take your socks off so that the heat can escape, if you’re feeling adventures the more you can strip off the better!

 


You can learn even more by visiting the MyTeamSafe website at http://bit.ly/what-is-lone-working – you can try our lone working solution free for 30 days, with text (SMS), email and push notifications.

 

 

 

 

 

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Increase safety, reduce stress.

You might think that employee safety (especially for lone workers) is just for the benefit of your staff, but what if I was to tell you that improved safety and employee perceptions of your work culture can improve job satisfaction (for them) and productivity (for your company).

Well, it’s not made up, it’s true – you can read more here http://www.innovationmanagement.se/2015/02/24/how-a-safe-workplace-can-lead-to-more-innovation

Of course, stress can come in many forms, money, work, family, health, etc. In this blog we are focusing on lone worker safety, reducing their stress by ensuring that they are being regularly looked after.

Just the other day I was speaking to someone who was accidentally locked in a toilet, they broke the handle and couldn’t get out.  It sounds trivial, but what if that employee needed regular medical attention (e.g. diabetic), what if that employee couldn’t get the attention of someone else?  What if there wasn’t anyone else in vocal range?  What if someone just locked up the building for the weekend?

With MyTeamSafe, if the employee doesn’t check-in within the allotted time period, escalations are introduced.  Maybe initially the escalation goes to their own mobile, to remind them to check-in.  That’s probably not much comfort if their phone is still sitting on their desk.  However, the next escalation could inform their supervisor – this is when the supervisor then intervenes and tries to communicate with the employee.

If the Employee can’t respond (he’s still locked in the Bathroom!), then the employer can check the last known GPS location and investigate, send someone else, or perhaps the emergency services.

By having a safety tool like MyTeamSafe, staff can be assured that should something happen, someone will be alerted.  This offers peace of mind and reduces stress.

Protecting your lone workers

Maybe you have higher risk roles in your workplace, so you might want to check up on them every one or two hours? Maybe you want to escalate to the supervisor quicker?  Maybe you want to send a text message to a few critical members of staff?

With MyTeamSafe the choice is yours, you can simply set up escalation strategies, such as “if late by x minutes” then I want “to do something”.  The ‘something’ is to send a push notification to someone’s smartphone, send an SMS message, or send an email.  Each escalation can contain a custom message.

When staff know they are being monitored, to ensure their safety, they are less stressed, less concerned with accidents, and more assured if an accident does occur, help will be on the way. This peace of mind does wonders for not only the employees but the supervisor.

Having a strong and reliable monitoring system like MyTeamSafe gives your lone workers more confidence and trust into your company. This would help decrease the pressure and stress from your lone worker knowing that their safety is a high priority as well as emergency contacts that will be contacted in case of an accident.

In addition to standard lone working strategies, a special ‘panic’ strategy can be created.  To initiate the panic mode, you can shake your phone three times, or send the SMS message ‘panic’ to the MyTeamSafe phone contact.

You define exactly how the escalations happen in a panic scenario too.  If you want the supervisor informed immediately via SMS, push notifications and email, you can.  Maybe you’ll send another update 5 minutes later, perhaps you’ll involve a second supervisor 15 minutes later, maybe 20 minutes later you will inform more people, you get the idea – it’s up to you to setup the escalations, to dovetail with your company policies.

Companies can use applications like MyTeamSafe to reduce risk, keep their lone workers safe, and provide an overall sense of security over the entire organisation.

If your safety policies do not include these kinds of safety measures, then your employees are in danger, perhaps it’s exaggerating their stress too.

Give them and your company a peace of mind knowing they are being protected wherever they are working.


You can learn even more by visiting the MyTeamSafe website at http://bit.ly/what-is-lone-working – you can try our lone working solution free for 30 days, with text (SMS), email and push notifications.

 

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What is a lone worker?

The health and safety executive (HSE) define a lone worker as:

“Those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision, either employees who work separately from others in an establishment or mobile workers who work away from a fixed base.”

  

•Employees who may be classed as Lone Workers include the following:

•Caretakers with the responsibility of opening and closing a building.

•Staff working outside of normal hours.

•Cleaning staff.

•Staff working in an isolated part of a building.

•School staff working during holiday periods.

A lone worker is not just someone who is staying late, or coming in at the weekend, but can be someone working when others are in the same building, but some distance away, out of immediate contact.

If there is potential for an accident to occur particularly if the worker will not be able to raise the alarm or be found quickly, then appropriate precautions must be taken as if they are a lone worker.

Tasks Prohibited When Working Alone

Below is an example of some tasks that cannot be carried out when working alone. A risk assessment must be carried out to establish if the work can go ahead.

•Work at Height.

•Work underground.

•Work on electrical, gas or plumbing systems.

•Work involving chemicals/dangerous substances, or the transport thereof.

•Work involving excavations or areas likely to cause a landslip or cave in.

•Work using ladders.

What responsibilities do lone workers have?

The employer holds the main responsibility but, lone workers also have a responsibility to help their employer fulfill this duty, here are some examples:

•Take reasonable care to look after their own safety and health.

•Co-operate with their employer’s safety and health procedure.

•Safeguard the safety and health of other people affected by their work.

•Not misuse equipment provided for their safety and health.

•Report all accidents, injuries, near-misses and other dangerous occurrences.

•Use tools and other equipment properly, in accordance with any relevant safety instructions and training they have been given.


You can learn even more by visiting the MyTeamSafe website at http://bit.ly/what-is-lone-working – you can try our lone working solution free for 30 days, with text (SMS), email and push notifications.

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