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How safe are your employees at work? Not all industries pose risks to employees, but many do, especially those who have to deal with the general public or work in high-risk industries such as financial institutions, the nightlife scene, the security sector, or even logistics. Being able to protect your employees against security threats due to their job role means peace of mind for you and your employees and proves you care about their well-being and safety at work, not just your bottom line. If you own a business or are in charge of keeping your employees safe then check out our four tips below that can be beneficial to many workplaces when it comes to protecting employees.
Physical Security Guards
Whether you have a mom-and-pop store, clothing store, snake outlet, office block, or literally any other type of business that people can frequent or is deemed high risk, e.g., pharmaceuticals, having a physical security presence to help monitor those in the presence and deter unwanted or illegal activities can help you to improve security drastically. You can have security guards from Zed Security and Guarding, for example, monitoring the doors, patrolling the premises, or even monitoring from a central control room if you have one to provide that extra presence.
By implementing a staff ID for entry and access to specific parts of the business, you can control who can come and go in certain areas. You can have a door lock that requires employees to scan or swipe their cards to gain entry to the main building and then have further restrictions on sensitive parts of the business. You can use biometrics, so they don’t even need a card, but putting a system in place that means people need to be granted access can stop those who shouldn’t be on the premises from gaining access.
It’s not just physical threats that can harm your employees but digital threats, too, namely from data breaches. At a minimum, you need to have excellent digital security controls in place, but you need to be training staff in the threats they need to look out for and how to spot common scams so they don’t fall for them and put their and your customer’s data at risk. Change passwords regularly, update training, and ensure everyone knows their responsibilities to stay safe online when working.
Visible Security Measures
Above, it was discussed about having security guards and ID access for buildings. Still, you can also use cameras to provide extra security for employees internally and externally, with motion sensor lighting and automatic locks on doors so no one can enter the building as another person leaves. Keypad locks can block access to parts of the facility. Even metal detectors or security searches can also be beneficial depending on your industry and the type of security you need.
All of the options can work well separately or together and combined can offer you extensive security options that help keep your employees safe when working and reduce the risk of any issues or complications due to criminal activities or incidents involving staff members, i.e., internal theft or misuse of data.