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5 Reasons Employers Should Focus on Office Safety

There are a number of components that come into play when talking about office safety. First and foremost, employers should be able to provide a level of physical security for their employees, both during work hours and outside of them.

Office safety, however, is not only about helping employees to feel safe when they come to work every day. There are other issues that have a hand in this discussion, including safeguarding various minorities, technological safety, and protection of the company’s assets.

There has been a surge in the prominence of "safety culture" within offices, which encompasses the attitudes, beliefs, and values that employees share in relation to safety in their workplaces. The goal is to have each and every employee, from hourly employees to CEOs, agreeing on a collective effort to maintain safety in the workplace.

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If you're thinking about increasing office safety in your company, the following are 5 reasons why you should focus on this task:


1. Increases Office Morale

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For an employee to come into work without any fear for their safety is a testament to working in an environment that feels comfortable and protected. Employees who can't come to work focused on the tasks at hand because they are worried about personal safety dramatically decrease work ethic and office morale.

If you want to increase productivity and results, you might want to consider installing a quality commercial security system. With so many different options available, you can choose from intrusion detections, security cameras, keyless entry, wireless video, and more. These kinds of investments are ideal for protecting your assets and giving employees the peace of mind that you value their safety and want them to feel comfortable in their workplace.


2. Increased Hours

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In today's world, things happen fast. For businesses, taking an hour off could mean missing the biggest story of the year or missing out on a trade that someone else gets to first. To maintain success, it's often valuable to have employees who can juggle multiple jobs in a timely manner, as opposed to hiring more workers.

It comes as no surprise, then, that a lot of employees have much more on their plates than they used to. Often, this means working more hours and working longer into the night. To ensure that both your business and your employees are safe before and after hours, office safety is a must. This could include basic procedures for entering and leaving the office, as well as installing security around the outside of the building and adding more lighting in parking lots.


3. Technological Safety

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Aside from the safety of employees, technological safety in the office is also important. This includes protection from physical damages to property caused by factors such as fire and flood, all the way to security breaches from hackers.

While not all problems, like natural disasters, can be foreseen or prevented, issues like outside and inside hacking jobs have the potential to be stopped. Many companies are investing in software and safeguards that can help to prevent network attacks from occurring, as they can be extremely damaging for a company and hard to bounce back from.


4. Purchasing Power

Internal theft isn't something that companies want to have to talk about, but the problem certainly happens, regardless. For many companies, purchasing power lies among a large group of people who all have the ability to make decisions around a business' funds and purchases.

Employers that are noticing curious or unmarked purchases may need to do a little more digging, and it may be that they need to apply stricter regulations when it comes to purchasing power. Ideally, everything that is bought should have to go through at least two approvals ahead of time, or have approval kick in at a certain dollar amount, in order to keep employees accountable and the company's budget on track.


5. Minorities

Nowadays, workplaces are filled with people from all walks of life, with individual talents that companies value. While diversity in a company is always one of its best assets, this also requires another look at whether the level of office safety matches the needs of the employees.

For some employers, there may be a need to revisit the needs of minority employees, such as those who are new to the country, those who need maternity leave, or perhaps those struggling with depression or who are from the LGBTQ community. Regardless of the different needs, employers will need to recognize the level of safety and protection these groups require and see if they can improve their situation in any way.


Conclusion

Office safety is a huge component of a successful business, and this kind of investment should not be underestimated. Companies who are considering improving office safety may want to consider the feedback of their employees; hearing the opinions of workers can be quite helpful to finding out how they feel about the current situation and how they think it could be improved.

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