Business owners are responsible for the security of their employees, the physical property where the business is located, any products or inventory on premises, and intellectual property: designs or data stored on the company’s computer network. Anyone with physical or electronic access can pose a threat to security. Here are several practices and policy areas that a business owner can address to create a more secure workplace.
- Prevent non-employees from entering the workplace without passing through a security checkpoint, or showing identification.
- Set up surveillance, to keep track who enters and leaves the premises or unlocks doors.
- Determine if employee work schedules and contact information are easily accessible.
- Ensure that any parking area and the walkway to the nearest public transportation have adequate lighting.
- Identify any areas of the work environment (both inside and out) where employees are isolated or may be alone for periods of time.