We all know it’s safety first as a general rule. But what safety first? What do you prioritise protecting? Your employees and the general health and safety of the office? Or is it your premises, with all the equipment and products your business needs to survive? Perhaps it might even be the virtual side of your business. You might have a lot of financial and business data on your servers or computers that could cost a tremendous amount if they were lost. Or even worse, might compromise the financial safety of your customers and business if they fell into the wrong hands. Of course, the correct answer is that all these keys need to be protected. There are a lot of ways to help you do that, too.
Thinking realistically, employee safety should be the first thing on your mind. The keys to employee safety change for each business, but the general premises are basically the same. Provide a safe environment to work in and the equipment and training to make a dangerous task safer. Inventory checking and repeated review of safety equipment is a must in industries that use said equipment. Safety training, including fire drills, should be a part of every business’s regular schedule. Foster a culture of being mindful. For example, clearing up the spaces between cubicles or warehouse shelves. This way, you can help prevent the slips, trips and falls that account for so many of the workplace accidents and even common accidental deaths.
The security of the premises also comes into account when it comes to employee safety. For one, all your entrances and windows should be secure to prepare for the event of a crime. A mobile locksmith could help you ensure you don’t even go a day without secured doors. CCTV can also help protect your employees and your assets, often doing more to deter crime than being necessary in getting to the bottom of one. It’s not just law-breakers you should be protecting your business’s possessions from, however. Fire, natural disasters and power outages can cause considerable damage. Often beyond what you can prepare for. That’s why it’s essential you get the right kind of business insurance to cover your premises as well as your contents.
Not all your security issues exist in the real world, of course. But just like the real world, there are a lot of ways to protect what you have in the virtual world. Depending on how big your network is, you might be able to secure your computer yourself or outsource to others. Outsourced IT solutions providers can monitor your network in real time to make sure no-one unauthorised accesses it. But you should also do well to protect them in real life. Make sure you and your employees exercise proper password strength and never leave a logged on computer unattended. For protecting yourself from data loss that’s not quite as nefarious, use back-ups. Cloud computing is quickly becoming one of the more commonly used means of backing up all that vital data.