There’s no shortcut to running a small business. Aside from ensuring profit and overall success, there’s the aspect of safety and security that small business owners should never neglect. With years and years of hard work exerted into creating your dream enterprise, there’s little room for a screw-up in the security department.
Aside from data security – which comes as a great concern for small businesses today – safety and security within the premises and employees should be given equal importance as well, especially in construction and transportation businesses. Here are several security and safety tips that your small business can learn from.
Keep a Back-Up of Everything.
Technology runs most businesses these days, yet it could also cause the company’s downfall. To ensure total control of your data, it’s best to back everything up—your website, customer information, contacts, and quite possibly all files your company has in store. Making this an ongoing routine can make the process less tedious and more practical.
Arm Your Computers and Software.
Major corporations are not the only ones that fall victim to cyber-attacks; even small businesses can be vulnerable. Keeping operating systems, anti-virus software, and web browsers up-to-date can help keep data security threats at bay.
Ensure Adequate Lighting.
Installing proper lighting on all entryways and exits is not only a standard in every business establishment, but also an important measure in the safety and security department. More importantly, keeping adequate interior lighting at night can help detect suspicious activity beyond operating hours, especially when you have surveillance cameras installed around the premises.
Follow Safety Rules and Regulations.
It is important for any business to comply with the rules and regulations for workplace safety as enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, especially in construction sites and the transportation industry. Trying to skip the process in an attempt to save time and money will only cause jeopardy to employee safety and put your company in a much bigger mess.
Hiring Your Employees Right.
According to Diego Orjuela CEO of Cables and Sensors, “you will always be fighting an uphill battle to change behaviours“. Aside from ensuring a safe work environment for your employees, don’t forget to also keep employees safe from themselves. Nowadays, it is becoming more and more common for some workers to go to work under the influence of substance abuse. This can reduce an employee’s ability to make reasonable decisions and can turn an individual into a physical threat to his or her co-workers.
Depending on state regulations on drug testing, it’s best for employers to perform marijuana testing among employees either prior to or during the hiring process. Practicing employee drug awareness and a strict drug-free policy within your small business will not only benefit your company in the long run but will also uplift the lives of your workers.
The success of a small business does not only rely on productivity alone, but on a lot of different aspects. The safety and security of your company is not to be taken lightly if you want a smooth-sailing journey to success.