Security at the workplace is as important as it is at home. Most employees spend the better part of the day in their office. So it’s important that you, as an employer, look after their health and safety.
But security at the workplace means more than that. The most important step a company can take to improve its security measures is to close the internal gaps.
This post lists a few security measures that every organization should take for the safety of its employees and equipment.
1. Secure the Entrances/Exits
Make it a point to keep all your entrances and exits secure at all times. Most modern organizations install electronic door-access systems to be able to monitor and control the entry of people into the building/premises.
Apart from that, you could also consider installing combination door locks, issue entry cards or embedded ID cards to employees and visitors access the office premises. That way not everyone who is admitted into your building will be able to enter your office without a visitor’s badge.
Do not forget about securing your office windows and doors before leaving your office and rechecking again when back to work in the morning to see if anything is amiss.
2. Install a High-Quality Security System
Installing a hi-tech security system in your office will go a long way in preventing your workplace from becoming a target of crime. You may want to think about setting up alarms and surveillance systems within your premises. You can use these tools to alert the security/police in case of a break-in or robbery.
Installing security cameras at strategic locations should work well not only in intimidating the criminal and preventing crime, but also in collecting critical evidence which can be presented to legal authorities and brining the criminal to book. Some of the locations include the entrance/exit, reception area, hallways, outside rooms requiring authorized entry, parking lots, and so on.
3. Make Provision for Sufficient Lighting
Make sure there is ample lighting in and around your office as that deters unlawful activities and trespassing effectively. Sufficient lighting will make any criminal think twice before committing an illegal act for the fear of him getting caught red-handed.
Aside from that, it also will make employees who arrive early or leave late feel safe and secure when it is dark.
4. Secure Your Technology
Running a workplace smoothly without technological aids is nearly impossible. And because it is crucial to the day-to-day operations, it can be highly expensive. You don’t want to end up losing your laptops, computers, fax machines, printers, etc. to theft and incur huge losses.
It is important to secure your devices and equipment physically. This can be prevented by locking the office and leaving your security systems on after you exit the office premises.
5. Protect Confidential Data
Secure your computer files, documents, and email IDs by using passwords, firewalls, anti-virus and anti-spyware programs, encryption, and security questions. Never mention your personal, company, or bank account details on unknown, unsecure pages.
Keep all the confidential data available to you in physical form in a separate area under lock and key, and handpick the people who can access to it. Make sure you know who they are and what kind of information they access from there.
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