All business owners understand the importance of workplace security in keeping their employees and customers safe. It’s worth noting that a safe business is a profitable business primarily because customers will feel safe while buying products. Accordingly, business owners have a responsibility to keep their workplace safe and stay updated on best practices for running a safe business. In this blog post, we will discuss seven workplace security tips to create a safe work or business environment.
In addition, we will explain what workplace security is and how you can prepare your employees to work in a secure and safe environment. We believe that implementation of these security tips for the workplace will make your business more profitable. On that note, let’s begin by briefly discussing what workplace security is.
What is Workplace Security?
The term workplace security describes policies, procedures and processes established to protect customer and employee safety in the workplace. Among other things, it ensures that the physical workplace is secure and protected from intrusions and break-ins. Today, the term has expanded to encompass issues like physical and electronic access control, and policies for protecting business data.
To summarize, workplace security entails safeguarding of all company properties, finances, and digital resources while also keeping employees and customers safe.
How to prepare Employees for Workplace Security
As we’ve already seen, workplace security, sensitive as it is, is the responsibility of the business owner. As such, the business is responsible for preparing its employees to work in a safe environment.
Here are five ways to prepare employees for workplace security:
- Employers should conduct proper safety training sessions regularly. This should include both physical and technological safety training.
- Employees should be provided with easy access to emergency exits.
- Standard workplace security policies should be outlined and communicated to employees.
- Basic safety courses should be given to all employees.
- Employers should ensure that safety training sessions are continuously improved on.
Seven Workplace Security Tips for a Safe Business
From ensuring their employees are safe to implementing safety protocols, business owners play a huge role in ensuring workplace security. Here are seven workplace security tips businesses can implement to promote a safe business:
- Implement Company Security Policies: The first step to running a safe business for your staff and customers is to implement security policies. This should include access security rules for your business premises, rules for handling business equipment and payment registers, and store opening and closing hours. This step is fundamental to securing one’s business’ growth and reassuring customers of their safety in your business store.
- Train Employees on Security Policies: Besides implementing security policies, it is crucial to provide employees with adequate training on how to work within those policies. For example, employees at a store should be trained never to leave their cash register open and unattended. In addition, its strongly recommended that these trainings occur regularly, especially after security policies are updated.
- Utilize Surveillance and other Monitoring Technologies: Surveillance and monitoring technologies take the guess work out of incidents in the work place. These devices could be used to identify problems and record incidents and record thefts and other property damage. In addition, customers and potential thieves are less likely to steal when they know they are being actively monitored. To setup security and other monitoring technologies in your place of business, please contact us here for a free consultation.
- Encourage General Safety Procedures: Our next workplace safety security tip is to encourage general safety procedures in the workplace. Standard State and Local safety equipment and features should be posted. For example, the location of AED and other first aid equipment’s should be clearly posted, along with posters on how to perform the Heimlich maneuver, etc. Employees should also be trained on how to act in the event of different types of emergencies.
- Invest in Physical Security Measures: Besides implementing security policies, monitoring services and staff training, physical security measures are an excellent way to keep a business safe. These typically include security staff, and alarm, security alert and access control systems. These systems could even notify the authorities silently when there is a security threat.
- Implement other Security Best Practices: Other security practices that could be implemented include regular password changes for access doors and company computers, regular reviews of CCTV logs, and security checks to find loopholes that could be exploited. These can then be fixed before they can be exploited.
- Regularly Review your Security Protocols: Our last workplace security tip for a safe business is to review your business security protocols regularly. While implementing security protocols for your business is great, they also need to be reviewed and updated. After all, a security protocol is worthless if it has a loophole that can be exploited.
As we wrap things up, we invite you to think about your business workplace. Do your customers and staff consider it to be a safe work environment? What steps can you take to make it safer?
Our recommendation is for you to contact professional security solution providers like Access Security Solutions LLC for a comprehensive security review. Starting with a site survey, we will recommend appropriate hardware and software to meet your specific requirements. In addition, our trained security technicians will handle all hardware installations and setups for your company. Finally, if desired, we will also handle security monitoring for your business, so you have 24/7 monitoring at your company.
To put it simply, we can help you implement these workplace security tips and make your business a safe place for staff and customers. To find out more about our services and consultation options, please contact us online, on social media or by phone at (+1) 510-356-0083.