How Employees in Any Business or Industry Can Have an Impact on Security

 

Security is a topic that many people discuss. It seems that as soon as a crime happens, they hear about it from friends through text messages or on their social media accounts. Sometimes, employees think that only the bosses are in charge of workplace safety, but everyone can contribute to the environment.

 

Take Simple Measures

 

According to the University of Cincinnati, there was a "59 percent decline in burglaries by installing improved locks and doors." However, those locks and doors don't work unless they are actually used. Employees should be trained to lock the appropriate doors throughout the day. Depending upon the type of businesses, managers may want to consider implementing a plan where employees have to buzz in anyone who wants to enter.

 

Maintain Confidential Information

 

The security of a business can also be compromised if confidential information is leaked. For example, employees might provide information about passwords to files or codes to security systems. Part of solving this issue involves hiring trustworthy individuals and training them about the type of material that has to remain confidential. The other component involves employees actually following these rules. If you are worried that you might accidentally leak information, you should recite to yourself every day the details that you cannot provide. Remind yourself that it is for your safety and the safety of the company.

 

Report Activity

 

You might feel guilty or awkward reporting certain activities. However, you may also have the knowledge necessary to do so. For example, if you have a psychiatric nurse certification, you might notice that a person is starting to exhibit signs of potentially dangerous behavior. When other employees are making you feel uncomfortable in the work environment, you should let a manager know about it; you could end up saving lives in the long term.

 

Ask for Safety Measures

 

Your boss might not notice potential problems with security due to circumstances. Perhaps you work late every night after all of the other employees have left the facility. When you walk to your car alone, you notice a person watching you. Let your boss know about these potential gaps in security. You don't have to present the information in a way that suggests your boss is at fault. Instead, you can let him or her know that you are concerned for your own safety.

 

Security is not a task that applies only to the managers or owners. As an employee, you can work to make a safer environment too.

 

By: Hannah Whittenly