No one likes a bully. While bullying may not be a new occurrence in schools and online, what is becoming more prevalent is the attention given to try to stop bullying and prevent it in the future. One new tool in the fight against bullying is One Call Now’s Safe School Helpline®, which recently received an Award of Excellence from Tech and Learning Magazine. This magazine is the leading resource for K-12 leaders, providing them with resources and strategies to transform education through the use of digital technologies.
It is very common for bullying to happen in school, outside on school grounds, or on the bus, making it crucial for teachers, staff, and administrators to be equipped to handle these situations. Unfortunately, only about 20% to 30% of those who are bullied notify an adult about it. This may be because the kids are worried about repercussions of telling someone, feel embarrassed and do not want to appear weak, or feel like no one understands their situation, among other reasons.
To try to accommodate these communication downfalls, One Call Now offers the Safe School Helpline®, an anonymous hotline service that allows students to access crisis counselors 24/7. The Safe School Helpline® is being used by thousands of schools in the United States and allows students to talk directly to crisis counselors about the issues affecting them, such as bullying and sexual harassment. It also provides full transcripts of every call to give complete understanding of the situation.
The Safe School Helpline® is one of 102 education technology products to receive the Award of Excellence, and it is joined by advances in software, hardware, networks, and web products in areas such as safety, communication, and management.
This hotline allows students to anonymously text or call in warnings of potential trouble or stressors before they happen. The Safe School Helpline® not only allows students access to counseling whenever they need it, but it also allows teachers and staff to be more proactive in dealing with bullying. The helpline is another opportunity to inform adults of a possible situation, and it is documented to refer back to if needed.
One Call Now is honored to have received an Award of Excellence from Tech and Learning Magazine. The company hopes that not only will the hotline provide support to those dealing with bullying, but that the addition of the Safe School Helpline® to current methods of prevention will help efforts to minimize and put an end to bullying.
If you’re like me, you may have trouble remembering when you have an appointment. That’s why I find it very convenient that my doctor’s office sends automated reminder calls a day or two before my visit. It saves me from having to call and check when my appointment is, and it saves the doctor’s office the hassle of calling each individual patient, answering multiple calls to remind patients of when appointments are, or risking patients forgetting their appointment times.
As of last week, One Call Now has officially integrated with Yardi Voyager to offer a similar type of automated messaging feature to property managers. This means that property management users now have the ability to sync their Yardi rosters and schedule reoccurring messages to send to their residents. This integration will allow One Call Now users to maximize their usage benefits while minimizing the time and effort.
By integrating with Yardi Systems, a company specializing in real estate software, One Call Now expects property managers will save time by automating their once manual processes. There will no longer be the need to manually update residents’ contact information thanks to the roster syncing ability of the Yardi Voyager integration.
In the past, property managers would have to schedule each past-due rent message manually —you can imagine how much time this could have taken. The new integration will automate this process and can be customized to fit the user’s preference for how many days after a payment is due that the message will be sent.
For property managers, this integration means less hassle and less time spent scheduling and sending messages to residents. Instead, much like some doctor’s offices today, the process will be automated, making a once tedious task a breeze! Helping residents remember to pay on-time, being proactive in answering questions and eliminating manual calls—what’s not to like?
As the business world continues to evolve, so do the needs of the staffing industry. Because of these changing needs, new and important challenges are appearing on a regular basis. Overcoming these challenges is the key to attracting the highest quality talent pool, regardless of the industry that you’re operating in. If you’re trying to overcome some of these challenges, there are a few key things to keep in mind.
Cast a wider net! Every staffing firm wants to attract the largest possible pool of high quality candidates. At a certain point, staffing firms are only capable of presenting businesses with the people that have made contact in the first place. One of the ways to circumvent this challenge is to make sure that a staffing firm is always utilizing the latest technology to help cast the widest possible net in search of potential applicants.
Mobile optimization is key! Studies have indicated that job seekers spend significant time searching on smartphones, tablets, or other mobile devices. Despite this, only around half of U.S. staffing firm sites are mobile optimized. An interface may look fine on a desktop or laptop computer, however, if a site isn’t mobile optimized, it may be sluggish and hard to navigate on smaller devices.
Talented candidates who prefer to look for jobs on their phone will go elsewhere in search of what they need. Embracing technology will attract these candidates once again.
Overcome the staffing misconceptions! There is a general misconception about what staffing firms actually do. A large number of potential candidates believe that there is a cost to them for job placement through a staffing firm and are subsequently looking elsewhere for employment. As a result, it is important to connect personally with potential applicants and educate them thoroughly about how staffing firms operate. It is key to let the candidate know exactly what they can expect from the staffing process.
In an ever-changing world, it’s key to ensure that your staffing strategies align with a candidate’s expectations. Make sure your firm’s digital efforts are optimized for every device and be clear about what your firm is trying to accomplish. Effectively communicating your mission to candidates will lead to better staffing outcomes.
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Authored by: Amanda Cupp, Vertical Marketing Manager
Co-Authored by: Nick Frantz, National Sales Manager