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Employee Safety: Your Risks and Responsibilities

Employee Safety

As a business owner, you should have a vested interest in keeping your employees safe. Taking security seriously shows your employees that you care and allows them to feel more confident and productive at work. This is both good for morale and business.

Employee Safety

There are many things you can do to keep your workplace safe from both outside and inside threats, including improved lighting, surveillance cameras, alarm systems, and coded ID badges. However, one of the most effective methods of protection for your employees is to hire on-site security personnel. A security guard who understands the unique needs of your business can be your greatest defense against threats to your property and people.

 

Do Your Employees Feel Unsafe in the Workplace?

 

Your employees come to work with certain expectations. Obviously they want to be compensated for their work, but they also expect to be safe and secure while on the job. Business owners should consider the common reasons why employees may feel unsafe at work as employers begin to take a look at their security needs. Here are some questions to consider when considering employee safety:

 

  • Do my employees work alone at night?
  • Do my employees handle valuable merchandise or cash?
  • Do my employees regularly deal with angry customers?
  • Have there been recent layoffs or workplace changes?
  • What is the potential for an environmental emergency, such as a tornado?
  • Has there been a history of workplace violence?
  • Have there been increasing crime rates in the immediate area?
  • Have employees expressed security concerns to you?

 

Based on the answers to these questions, you may find that it is in your best interest (and that of your employees) to hire security guards. Private security companies, like Assured Protection, offer a variety of options to meet your needs. Whether you choose patrol officers, in-house security, concierge security, or armed protection, your employees will gain peace of mind.

 

Four Ways Security Guards Reassure Employees

 

Increase in perceived safety: Employees report higher levels of security simply from the knowledge that dedicated security professionals are on site. If an employee works a late shift or walks through a dark parking lot, they will have peace of mind knowing there is someone to escort them to their vehicle.

 

Professional presence of authority: Criminals are significantly less likely to target your business if they know there are professional guards on site. Angry or irate customers are generally less likely to cause a scene with a uniformed guard present. 

 

Skill at identifying suspicious behavior: Even your most perceptive employees may not be able to recognize suspicious people or security breaches. Professional security personnel are trained to recognize behaviors that could indicate someone is up to no good. They are also able to identify situations that could leave your business vulnerable to threats.

 

Keep security top of mind: With professional guards stationed at the front entrance or performing regular patrols throughout your business, your employees are more likely to have security on the brain. They will be more aware of their surroundings and know exactly who to contact if they see something suspicious. An overall heightened awareness of security benefits your employees, your customers, and your business itself.

 

Are you ready to explore your security needs? Contact Assured Protection today!

 

Assured Protection provides customized security in a multitude of different fashions – all tailored to fit the needs of the client. From unarmed to armed security specialists to courier services for professionals – we have served clients in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania for almost two decades. Give us a call to learn more about our services at (443) 281-8391.