It is all too common for a business to heavily assess their data security, while neglecting the physical security of their building.
In terms of data, businesses should use a protected network that’s not easy to hack into. The network logins should not be shared with anyone unrelated to the business.
Building security is similar. It is important that doors remain locked, and that only employees have access to the building. Office security will help you build a better relationship with your employees – and your customers. We’ll walk you through some of our top security tips for the workplace.
How a Security Plan Will Benefit Your Business
First and foremost, it’s important to understand why you need to protect your office building. Having a secure work environment comes with many benefits:
A thorough security plan means happier employees. Some of the top factors that affect employee happiness are interpersonal relationships, culture, and work environment. Working in a secure environment helps promote a more relaxed atmosphere and employees feel more comfortable knowing their employer is equipped to handle safety issues. Studies show that happier employees are also more productive.
Happier, safer employees will result in a lower turnover rate. Safety climate affects employee morale, engagement, and job satisfaction. Employees who feel like the company cares only about productivity will quickly become discouraged and disengaged. On the other hand, employees who feel like the company values their safety will be much more motivated at work, resulting in a lower turnover rate.
Similarly to retaining employees, security measures have the potential to increase client retention. Customers like doing business with knowledgeable companies that they have already established a relationship with. Typically, your employees interact directly with those customers. When your employees feel motivated to stay at your company, they’re able to create and maintain long-lasting relationships with customers.
A security plan will reduce business costs and disruption. A company is less likely to experience financial loss if there is a quality security plan in place. They will be further protected from break-ins and data loss and will avoid setbacks on projects.
Part of a well-designed security plan also includes your response to incidents. If you have a security system in your building, you won’t have to do this alone. Both your employees and customers will appreciate your improved incident response.
Safety Measures to Consider
Now that you understand the importance of workplace security, here are some of the things you should consider in your safety audit.
Make sure your external doors are secure. Employees may enter the building using traditional locks, ID cards, or biometrics. Traditional locks may be more common on older buildings, but provide the least amount of security. Keys used for traditional locks are easier to lose, and don’t provide any unique form of employee identification.
ID cards, on the other hand, can only be used by employees. Biometrics are the most advanced and protective form of lock. We’ll touch more on that later. Whichever entry system your company uses, make sure only your employees have access to the building.
In some situations, it may not be necessary to have locks on internal doors. However, if any of the rooms inside the building contain sensitive documents or expensive equipment, you’ll want to be sure these doors follow proper security measures. Whether it’s physical locks, ID checkpoints, or biometrics, these rooms should be secured in some way. In addition to proper locks, the areas surrounding these spaces should have a security alarm or security cameras.
Security systems like alarms and cameras will alert you of unwanted activity, whether you’re in the building or not. Not only do you need to find a security system that works for your business, but you also need to learn how to use it. There’s no point in installing a security system if it’s not a consistent part of your safety routine.
Fingerprints, retina scans, and hand geometry are all things biometric locks may scan for. Biometrics have become a common part of office security systems and are by far the most secure lock system. If you want to learn more about biometrics, check out this resource on our website.
Increased Business Security with Pop-A-Lock
When you take care of your employees first, the whole business will run more smoothly. Make sure you are using a security system, your buildings locks are secure, and that sensitive information and expensive equipment are locked up. In addition to keeping yourself, your data, and your employees safe, a thorough safety plan will also help you earn more money in the long run. You’ll be able to reduce employee turnover, increase client retention, and avoid the financial risks of a break-in and data theft.
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