Running a business is full of all kinds of opportunity. But it’s also full of risk. You need to protect your profits, your employees and your information. Any of these falling into the wrong hands or being placed in the wrong situation can be disastrous for a whole series of reasons. We’re going to look at ways to make sure you’re protecting your business from top to bottom.
Securing the premises
The first thing you want to make sure you do is ensure the physical safety of your premises. Businesses are a good target for criminals for a start simply because of the increased potential of having goods that are worth stealing. Getting commercial locksmiths to create a series of keys for every door in your business premises is a start. Reinforcing any entrances, including doors and windows, is a good follow up. Finally, if your business deals in large amounts of cash, you should have a safe to which the keys are kept off property the majority of the time.
Keeping an eye out
The kind of surveillance you have on your business has just as much potential to deal with security threats. For one, make sure your employees are trained to properly react in the event of criminal activity. This includes pointing out that all money is regularly deposited in a safe without a key present. CCTV is another important installation to consider adding. CCTV doesn’t only help you catch those involved. It’s been shown to be just as effective a deterrent to put people off to begin with.
Protecting your data
Your valuable possessions aren’t all in the physical world, however. A lot of business keep plenty of data on their digital systems. If you run an ecommerce site, this can include some seriously important financial data. Make sure that when you set up any such system that all financial processes are heavily encrypted. Using Cloud storage systems can also be a way to keep that important data out of the hands of anyone who might try snatch business computer devices. Make sure your employees are trained to use detailed passwords, too.
Teaching employee safety
Another safety concern that every business owner should have in mind is the physical health and safety of their employees. There are, of course, detailed laws on these but many don’t accommodate them all until it’s too late. Make sure that you have any walkways clear of spills or obstacles to reduce the potential for slips, trips and falls. Hold fire drills regularly and make sure you have a committee arranged to lead and formulate any fire emergency protocol. If you work in an office space, try your best in incorporate ergonomic office design to fight repetitive strain injury.
As a business, you need to make sure you priorities your safety in a manner of ways. There are threats from all sides. Health and safety. Digitally. The risk of crime. Hopefully, these points have helped you recognise weaknesses to eliminate in your own business.