Workplace security is important whether your business holds a lot of cash or is equipped with a lot of equipment. By following these 5 easy steps, you can dramatically improve workplace security.
1. Appoint a Workplace Safety Coordinator
As a business owner, you probably don’t have time to improve workplace security, that’s why the Australian Federal Police say you should foster accountability by appointing a safety coordinator.
This person will be responsible for conducting regular safety audits, itemising security issues for staff meetings, interacting with the building security team and managing security improvements.
Your safety coordinator should also engage and network with other tenants in your building about security issues in your area.
2. Promote Your Workplace Security System
Much like a burglar won’t target a home if they can see cameras or security signs, a business can prevent crime by advertising its security measures. Make sure you have warning signs at all entry and exit points.
In addition to external security signs, you want your staff to have a vested interest in protecting your business. That means a willingness to follow your security policies and procedures and be generally aware of suspicious activity.
3. Secure All Electronic Gadgetry
Tech devices such as phones and computers are easy targets, and very valuable for criminals to resell. Make sure desktop items are locked away when employees are away from their desks. Personal items like handbags and wallets should also not be left unattended.
Make sure your business has insurance cover so that employees can take their laptops home with them. In doing this you can reduce the potential costs of a robbery that occurs outside of workplace hours.
4. Check All Exit And Entry Points Regularly
Open reception areas, broken elevators and faulty fire escapes can give criminals an opportunity to access your workplace.
Ask your safety coordinator to identify and fix any weak spots on your property. Remember that most criminals enter business premises through doors and windows so these should be checked frequently.
5. Train Your Employees
Staff training is important for businesses that trade outside of normal working hours, especially for the prevention of armed robberies. The Queensland Police Service advocates that the following areas should be focused on for staff training:
- Ensuring safe cash handling and management
- Maintaining a safety routine when opening and closing the business
- Reporting and recording suspicious activity
Your safety coordinator should be tasked with ensuring that regular training sessions are held for workplace security. These should be comprehensively structured for new employees and shorter refresher courses should be held for existing employees.
Staff can also fall victim to personal crimes within the workplace. Encourage your staff members to take care of their personal belongings and movements, especially:
- Remind employees not to leave personal valuables or cash in accessible places
- Ask staff to lock doors and windows when they are working alone or after hours
- Employees who work after hours should be encouraged to walk out of the office with a colleague or security guard
A furnished office or fully stocked retail outlet is appealing to criminals, especially early in the morning or late in the evening. To help protect your workplace, we recommend you:
- Appoint a workplace security coordinator
- Promote your workplace security system
- Lock away tech gadgets when not in use
- Check and fix all entry and exit points
- Train your employees