Tips for Safeguarding Your Business

In order to function, every business—whether big or small—needs to be safe and secure. Many business owners are having a hard time safeguarding the businesses they’ve worked so hard to build because both internal and external circumstances are wreaking havoc on the workplace and disrupting productivity.

If you want to make your business a safe and secure place to work, take stock of the potential threats facing your company:

  • Cyber security
  • Employee safety
  • External threats

Don’t let your business suffer. Read on for more detailed information on how to secure your business’s presence online, ensure the safety of your employees (and avoid any damaging lawsuits), and guard your workplace against external threats.

Cyber Security
One of the most important things you can do to secure your business has to do with cyber security. Any business is vulnerable to cyber-attacks and falling prey to thieves. Whether you’re a Fortune 500 company or a small mom-and-pop store, you could face major damages if attacked.

Here are some tips on how to avoid any cyber-attacks:

  1. Password protection – no matter what passwords you are using now, use better ones. Make sure your passwords are highly complex and extremely difficult to guess. A good example of a password is “duY8t9yRSpL” as opposed to something like “sushi.” The longer you can make your passwords, the safer your company will be.
  2. Tech-savvy employees – educate your employees. Keep them in-the-know as far as technology goes. Don’t expect them to know how to set smart passwords—teach them. If you allow employees to bring their own device and connect to an internal network, invest in a cyber-security program so no employee can hack your business.
  3. Social media savvy employees – while some business owners allow employees to post things about the company, others don’t. If you do, make sure they don’t share any information that is confidential. An employee leaking sensitive details that are meant to be kept internal is extraordinarily damaging to any business. Make sure you educate them on what they can and can’t “tweet.”
  4. Risk management – proactive always trumps reactive. Make sure you are aware of cyber-security threats and budget your business in a way that allows you to buy cyber-security systems. If you choose to do nothing else, do this: install firewalls and antivirus software.

Employee Safety
Workplace safety not only ensures your employees remain safe and sound, it ensures your company isn’t dealt a significant blow, like a damaging lawsuit. Here are some things you can do (as an employer) to keep your employees safe and healthy:

  • Keep office space clean and free of loose wires
  • Make sure all areas are well-lit
  • Avoid overexertion by offering regular breaks
  • Keep emergency exit signs easily accessible
  • Make proper safety equipment (clothing, tool belts, etc.) a requirement

It’s up to you to create a clean space that promotes safety and productivity. Invest your time now in order to bypass any hassle later.

External Threats
If you want to protect your employees and your business, it’s important to ward off any external threats—intruders and even Mother Nature as well. Be vigilant and prepared so you and your business aren’t caught off guard.

Consider implementing the following:

  • Alarm system
  • Install locks
  • Security guard
  • Access control systems
  • Video surveillance
  • Photo ID badges
  • Secure important documents in a safe
  • Develop (and educate employees on) an emergency evacuation plan

As far as Mother Nature goes, make sure the physical location of your business is equipped to handle any environmental threats. Here are a few good things to keep in mind (and in stock):

  • First-aid kits
  • 72-hour kits
  • Food storage (you never know how long you/your employees might be stranded)
  • An emergency evacuation plan (make sure your employees are familiar with the plan as well)

First-aid kits are helpful and should contain most or all of the following:

  • First aid manual
  • 20 adhesive bandages, various sizes
  • Anti-bacterial ointment
  • 5" x 9" sterile dressing
  • 3" x 3" sterile gauze pads (2)
  • 4" x 4" sterile gauze pads (2)
  • 3" roll of cohesive bandage
  • Conforming roller gauze
  • Triangular bandages (2)
  • Cold pack
  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Germicidal hand wipes (2)
  • Antiseptic wipes (6)
  • Adhesive tape, 2" width
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Non-prescription medications

Every business owner should have their business security as a first priority. Create a workspace that guards against cyber-attacks, employee safety hazards, and any external threats.

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