Safe Hub provides a range of safety features for lone workers in real estate, whatever their role.
The real estate sector is one that thrives on working with people. Building relationships and gaining trust is at the heart of the role for many real estate professionals. But many in the sector work alone or remotely from their co-workers. And many can feel threatened by strangers or clients in their everyday work. No matter how well trained they are, it can be very intimidating if they don't feel safeguarded. In this blog, we're taking a closer look at lone workers in real estate, and how Safe Hub can help them.
The US real estate sector is big business
Indeed, lone workers in real estate cover a huge and diverse number of roles, which are often unseen by the public. Every day lone workers are dealing with a potentially unknown territory and circumstances. In 2021, there were roughly 1.46 million real estate agents operating in the US across over 105,000 real estate brokerages. Most agents will frequently be working alone. Real estate still has a young demographic, and it's an industry that many women are attracted to. But the reality of a realtor’s job is that they are often going out alone and entering empty properties to meet complete strangers.
According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016-2021 there were an average of eighty work-related fatalities each year in the Real Estate and Rental and Leasing sector (NAICS Codes 531, 532, 533). That's low when compared to the rates of fatality in other sectors, and serious injury statistics paint a similar picture. But in real estate, it's vital to think about providing broader personal security for their professionals, given the risks are more around potential abuse and threats.
Safe Hub protects real estate lone workers
Thankfully, Sky Alert is on hand to help them when they're working away from co-workers. Realtors rely on being able to communicate on the job. With the Safe Hub App for smartphones, realtors can have a powerful personal security device in their pocket. In the event of an emergency or if they feel themselves in danger, workers can trigger a Red Alert to open a call with our 24/7 monitoring and reporting station and get the help they need. Safe Hub can also function as their virtual buddy if they feel themselves to be at risk, and our operatives will stay on the line until the situation has been resolved. But if realtors prefer to use a more discreet specialist personal security device, then the Sky Alert SOS Fob is perfect.
When they are out and about on site, the Safe Hub App has other features that can protect them. Realtors can leave Yellow Alert voice memo messages before each appointment to help locate them if they need to trigger a Red Alert. And they can set up a proactive welfare check, Safe Check, so that they respond to automated prompts at set intervals to signal that all is well.
Culture and safety systems make working alone safer
However, it’s not just about brokerages investing in the right technology, it's about instilling a good safety culture. This can both demonstrate that they care and help protect their most valuable asset: their people. Increasingly real estate companies are now teaching a ‘personal safety code’ to employees. This covers workers verbally communicating with colleagues about their movements, and never accepting a lift from a prospective client if they are alone. They're encouraged to trust their gut instinct if a situation doesn’t feel right - even if it’s just from speaking on their cellphone. It's vital that as well as having the right workplace safeguards, they can read people and situations.
The message to get across to realtors is that your personal safety is as important as doing your professional duty. When your job is walking out your front door every day, and through someone else's, you should still feel secure in the territory. With these skills and Safe Hub in their pocket, realtors can be safe in the knowledge that they have support and protection quite literally at their fingertips.
To find out more about how Safe Hub can help lone workers in real estate, contact one of the team today.
About Sky Alert
Safe Hub, from Sky Alert, is an advanced security platform that protects people working alone. With pinpoint accuracy and lightning-fast response, Safe Hub is not just another 911 app. It's all-around protection for lone workers. Using a discreet personal device such as the SOS Fob, our advanced App on a smartphone, or the SPOT X satellite device, Safe Hub connects users with a state-of-the-art Monitoring Response Center (MRC). At the MRC, highly trained operatives can provide immediate assistance directing the police or paramedics to your GPS location in the fastest time possible.