That may not be a question one wants to think too deeply about at first. After all, just like your home, your place of employment is a familiar environment, somewhere you go nearly every day. No one wants to think about the possibility that we’re not 100% safe in those surroundings.
But, for business owners, security in the workplace is a major priority. Not only is it vital to keep your business assets secure, it is just as important to keep the people you employ out of harm’s way.
With this in mind, the USDA Office of Procurement & Property has an entire page dedicated toward helping government offices take steps to make their buildings more secure. You can read the full article here. We’ve condensed a few key points that can be applied to any office or business to help increase security during the day.
The first step? Take stock of your present security measures and possible weak points. This might take some thinking and will likely need to be revisited from time to time. What security measures are we talking about?
- Install intercoms
- These systems can be vital in providing security information immediately to the entire office
- Use closed circuit monitoring devices, not just after hours
- Security cameras can often be viewed by management in a mobile app
- Keep master and extra keys locked in a security office
- If your business doesn’t have a dedicated security office, a lock box or secure filing cabinet will do fine
- Set protocol for communication during a crisis
- A warning sound is no good if it’s not easily understood
- Keep closets and electrical access locked at all times
- Don’t allow any employee access to information they are not authorized to see
- That means not leaving things lying around and setting restrictions for computer logins, etc.
The most important step is to follow through on these. Once the protocol is in place, it’s important to make sure the entire staff understands what to do in case of an emergency, whether environmental, or from a dangerous individual. And while trust is a necessary part of a positive workplace experience, that doesn’t mean we should careless with sensitive information either.
Some of these points require some organization on the part of management. But Phone Connection can help you out with some of it. Visit our website or call for a quote on intercom systems or security cameras.