The modern normal will eventually be referred to as simply “the normal.” Workplaces will once again be humming with life. Physical protection measures that have been placed on hold over the last year will be resumed. However, with security teams, returning to work should not be business as usual.
A lot has happened in the last year. Security departments are responsible for keeping businesses secure and preventing expensive disruption and disruptions to business continuity. To do so, they must first consider how the workplace will change after the pandemic and then implement policies to resolve these changes. Here are four major changes in workplace protection that businesses should be aware of.
Returning to work would be noticeably different for certain businesses than it was a year before. Employees deserve greater versatility and want their bosses to believe in their ability to work both on and off-site.
This would be true for businesses that use a blended job model. Employees’ daily cycles would be less stable under this work model. With people entering and exiting the office at various times, the security staff cannot rely on pen and paper sign-in mechanisms to keep the company safe. A sophisticated workplace network can aid in the protection of the employees, physical workspace, and intellectual property.This technology should allow you to always know who is on-site, keep unauthorized people out of your office, and satisfy visitor-related compliance requirements.
There are new dangers of this new world. Employees need adequate security education and training to keep the company secure. Employees should be mindful of the security precautions they should take to avoid day-to-day threats. Do your staff, for example, know how to report a suspicious visitor or contractor? Are staff mindful of the risks of tailgating and how to avoid them? You will throw a broader safety net over the organisation by training employees about how to keep it safer.
Training for security knowledge must be prepared, organised, and continuing. Educate your employees on how your physical protection can change, and give them helpful tips on how to avoid risks. This could take the form of immersive training sessions held on a quarterly basis. These preparation workshops can be supplemented by occupational awareness manuals. Your staff, for example, might send out a monthly email update with tips about how to detect and avoid security threats. You may also use on-site signs to remind staff about security best practises.
It is too early to tell whether occupational health and safety is a short-term or long-term problem for workers. Employees may expect their employers to take special precautions during flu season each winter. This could manifest as reduced occupational ability, social distancing, and increased frequency of cleaning schedules. It may also require wellness checks for staff and guests upon arrival, as well as providing personal security devices on-site. Or other words, many of the behaviours that we have now. Just time will say, but employers should be prepared to implement these policies and procedures.
You could find out what the employees want by doing a survey. Create one with HR and the workplace team that is focused on health and safety. The findings will show you where you can focus your protection efforts. Employees may be more concerned with sick patients entering the workplace during the winter, for example. If this is the case, you can need to introduce health screenings, restrict visitor entry, and impose ability limitations. Knowing what would make the employees feel at ease when working on-site is critical to boosting productivity.
We’ve learned firsthand how providing a contingency plan can be critical to ensuring company stability over the last year. When security issues do not go as planned, the team should be ready. Your company would be more able to deal with workplace risks if you have a preparedness plan in place. Here are a few advantages of getting a backup plan:
Preparedness, including threat awareness training for staff, is critical. Not all risk-mitigation strategy will be successful. However, if you plan for the risk of a security violation, you will be able to respond quickly if one happens.
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