Constantly monitoring the productivity and safety of your workplace involves gathering a lot of information and taking copious notes. You need to know at all times whether your employees are working hard, staying safe and just generally keeping operations moving along. In other words, you've got a lot of data to report.
Voice recognition technology is the superior method of keeping tabs on safety in your workplace.
One way to handle this burden is to spend all day typing – be it at a desktop PC, a tablet or what have you. That can work, but it can get pretty tiring, not to mention boring. What if there was a better way?
As a matter of fact, there is. Using voice recognition technology is the superior method of keeping tabs on safety in your workplace.
Machines type better than humans
For a long time, people were leery of tech gimmicks like voice recognition because they assumed they were buggy and less reliable than simply doing things the old-fashioned way. It appears, however, that this is no longer the case.
National Public Radio recently reported on a study by Chinese Internet provider Baidu, which found that voice recognition programs are now better typists than humans. Baidu Chief Scientist Andrew Ng told the news outlet that he didn't find this result surprising.
"Humanity was never designed to communicate by using our fingers to poke at a tiny little keyboard on a mobile phone," he said. "Speech has always been a much more natural way for humans to communicate with each other."
Incidentally, it could also be a powerful new method for handling safety documentation.
Adjusting your reporting strategy
Now that voice recognition technology is so reliable, it might be time for your company to adjust its approach to handling safety issues. You probably already have a detailed work site safety checklist in place – why bother to write down all your progress on paper when you can simply speak it?
Fast Company notes that this can be done, but it may require that users adjust their speaking styles somewhat to account for the new technology. In other words, you may need to think before speaking, choose your words carefully and speak slowly and deliberately for the process to work.
SiteApp – the best of both worlds
SiteApp has a unique take on the modern-day workplace safety app. We want to empower your business to use real-time reporting technology and use only the latest, most accurate data to make decisions about your workplace's safety.
Now, though, we're also combining that with a "voice to type" feature that takes reporting to an entirely new level. Writing down notes is a long and tiring process. Why not abandon it? With SiteApp, you can get everything you're looking for – quick reporting, reliable data and a process that's as easy as simply opening your mouth to speak.