Around the country, factories are beginning to reopen. For all the excitement, this is a fraught moment. There’s no playbook. We’re all trying to figure out what comes next for manufacturing.

In recent conversations with customers, I’ve heard detailed, thoughtful plans for bringing workers back to the shop floor safely. It’s clear everyone’s put a lot of time into people-first strategies for reopening.

But I’ve also heard a concern that was perhaps harder to anticipate. Just as much as our customers want to protect the health of their employees, they want to protect their privacy.

In a recent article, Wired detailed the ways that employers are turning to technology to help ensure worker safety. Throughout, employers talked about walking a thin line, balancing safe working conditions with employees’ right to privacy and data security. Audra Kirkland, Director of Digital Manufacturing at Terex (a Tulip customer), expressed exactly this concern. “I know some companies are putting RFID tags on people. We’re trying to ensure we protect the privacy of workers.”

In light of both of these concerns, I wanted to share how Tulip is helping customers balance safety and security and employees return to work. 

For one, Tulip gives our customers human-centric tools for navigating the transition. Employers should decide what practices and regulations are right for their facilities and their workforce. Tulip can make implementing and enforcing those guidelines easier. 

Second, Tulip is committed to the security of our platform and the privacy of its users. Our platform includes permissions control, encryption, and authentication to make sure that employees’ data isn’t exposed. 

Safety shouldn’t compromise privacy. And for reopening to be successful, employees need to trust that their best interests are at heart. Tulip is committed to helping all of our customers feel confident that their workers will be safe and secure when they return. 

You can find more info about how we’re helping manufacturers with what comes next here.