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5 employee mistakes making your business less secure

A company's employees often treat their workplace as a kind of second home - a place to socialise, eat and drink, and browse the internet as well as do business. Rarely, however, does this attitude extend to what should really be one of their key responsibilities: keeping the premises protected against burglaries and break-ins.

Most of the time, this isn't a consequence of deliberate negligence or ill-will - it's because of a handful of honest mistakes that surface with alarming regularity in almost any workplace. Here are five of the most common - perhaps you've encountered a few of them yourself?

5 employee mistakes making your business less secure

1. Not taking responsibility for keys

Locking up after a long day of work sounds like it should be a pretty simple task, but all too often, workforces lack clarity over who holds responsibility for overseeing, distributing and safeguarding their keys. The result is that keys get lost and stolen frequently, and sometimes the last person to leave the office finds they've got no means of locking the doors on the way out.

If this is a particularly big sticking point for your business, you may want to think about using a professional key holding service to keep your premises secure out of hours.

2. Leaving windows open

It may sound obvious, but locking up for the night won't deter many burglars if you've left dozens of windows and skylights wide open. This is a major problem, especially at this time of year - your employees are likely to be taking every opportunity to improve ventilation in the mid-summer heat, and they're probably not thinking about burglaries and break-ins as they do it.

3. Not checking visitors' ID

There are lots of parties who might attempt to access your business premises over the course of the working day, and their motives may not always be harmless and transparent. As such, it's important that you identify and register every individual who visits your workplace - actions that aren't always carried out by non-front-of-house staff, even when they're directly responsible.

4. Leaving valuables out in the open

If there's even the smallest chance that someone's belongings could be stolen from your premises - perhaps from an unattended outbuilding, or through an open window - you should impress upon your employees the importance of keeping them out of sight, if not on their person, at all times. Allowing your workforce to do otherwise could cost your business both in terms of assets - the theft of a laptop containing mission-critical data, for example - and long-term employee morale.

5. Failing to secure devices and data

Finally, this mistake pertains to information, rather than physical, security. If your employees use desktop computers, laptops and smartphones to do their jobs, it's important that they do so in a way that won't put your customer records and intellectual property at risk. All business devices should be protected with access controls and encryption, and the workforce should be trained in simple methods to protect data - the use of strong passwords, locking workstations when not in use, and so on.


Posted by Andrew Miller

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