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If there’s one thing that can stop productivity and efficiency in its tracks, it’s equipment failure. When your team cannot stay connected using devices like two‑way radios, it affects everyone’s ability to respond quickly and effectively to issues that arise.

Just like Captain says to Lucas (Paul Newman) in Cool Hand Luke, “What we've got here is failure to communicate.” 

Unfortunately, it’s not just something that happens on screen. Communication failures that stem from equipment failures are common. At least in the movies, there’s almost always a happy ending. Check out these seven examples of communication mishaps in movies where equipment failure mattered.

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Employee Spotlight: John Larson

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Tuesday, February 16, 2021

John Larson has been a member of the Chicago Communications team since 1996. Even after nearly 25 years on the job, John says no two days have been the same.

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Employee Spotlight: Anna Duvall

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Anna Duvall has been a member of the Chicago Communications team since late 2020. She and Gabrielle Glashagel are two of the newest sales representatives at the company. Currently a senior at DePaul University, Anna is excited to use her education to pursue a career in sales.

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Imagine that your business has decided to use two-way radio communication to keep connected while on site or in the field, but no one has ever used one. Employees may voice their unease with the devices, or even worse, avoid using them altogether. They may not understand the importance of two- way radios as a safety tool for them and end up hurt.

Your investment is well spent only if the radios are used and used properly. If your team isn’t trained, they won’t use the equipment. If they aren’t comfortable using the equipment, the system you put in place won’t work the way it’s designed because employees won’t know how. This creates safety issues and increases risk. That’s why proper training and efficient interdepartmental communication is crucial to your success.

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The global outbreak of COVID‑19 has fundamentally changed the way we interact with one another. Despite the turmoil of the last year, advances have been made in technology and healthcare. Innovative solutions and technologies can be carried with us into the future, pandemic or not.

Below, we explore the ways artificial intelligence (AI) has been used in the fight against COVID‑19.

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Employee Spotlight: Gabrielle Glashagel

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Gabrielle Glashagel has been a member of the Chicago Communications team since October 2020. She is the newest sales representative, but that doesn’t mean she’s new to the industry. She grew up in the business. Her mother, Cindy, is ChiComm’s principal/owner. Gabrielle also interned in the marketing department in 2018.

“I used to come into the office with my mom a lot when I was in high school to help out in the rental department, which taught me a lot about the company and the products we sell and rent out,” she says.

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We often talk about the communication challenges of loud or busy environments. Manufacturing workers need to be able to speak to each other above the noise of machinery. Hospital workers might need to summon medical help from across the building. Fleet drivers must arrange pickups and deliveries from their locations on the road.

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Employee Spotlight: Lynne Kelliher

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray on Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Lynne Kelliher, a 7‑year member of the Chicago Communications customer service team, still describes herself as “the new kid in town.” She says she enjoys working with “so many super‑smart people” who have spent their entire careers developing expertise in ChiComm’s communications equipment and services.

“My co‑workers at ChiComm are top‑notch,” says Lynne. “They are a great blend of helpfulness, knowledge, professionalism, and occasional in‑office pranks. It is a nice place to work.”

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A recent article in Fleet Management Weekly noted that when the COVID‑19 pandemic hit the United States, many fleets were riding the high of an economic boom. The fall from full‑time employment and growing fleets to lengthy lockdowns presented fleet management with new challenges. The ebb and flow of restrictions across the country means that safety is still a fundamental concern — but in business, productivity matters too.

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As essential workers across the country continue performing their jobs each day, they must maintain strict social distancing protocols. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends workplaces keep desks and chairs 6 feet apart and avoid employees from facing each other. Of course, keeping your distance while communicating in fast‑paced environments such as assembly lines, healthcare facilities, and schools isn’t easy. That’s where technology like two‑way radios, loudspeakers, and text‑based communication comes in.

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