Thanks to lockdown the way we work has changed in more ways than one and with the world slowly returning to some semblance of normality, staff are starting to return to their places of work.
As lockdown starts to lift, the focus of workplace safety has inevitably been on keeping staff safe from COVID-19, but although this is important, it’s easy to forget about other safety and security requirements.
So, how do you keep your staff safe as we move out of lockdown?
If your staff are returning to the workplace, in the first instance it is important to consider what has changed in terms of business operations compared to pre-lockdown. Simply returning to the same safety and security measures that were in place prior to lockdown may no longer be what’s best for your staff if circumstances have changed.
It is likely that pre-lockdown, workers were savvy with security procedures and locking up, doing the necessary checks on autopilot. But what happens when these same members of staff have been furloughed or working from the security of their own home for the best part of 14 months? Well, like any broken routine, it is likely the usual activities such as closing windows, setting alarms and keeping valuable items locked away may no longer be second nature, potentially leaving staff and premises vulnerable to theft or vandalism.
Another thing to remember is lone workers and those who work night shifts. Social distancing measures have contributed to a rise in lone working and such workers are often responsible for locking up premises on their own. It may be worth considering a Lock & Unlock service or perhaps Manned Guarding to give staff peace of mind that they have a security presence on site to act as a deterrent. Of course, the safety of your people is paramount, but their safety goes hand in hand with building security, ensuring one is safe will support the other.
Whatever your workforce situation post-lockdown, make sure safety and security beyond COVID-19 is covered. Review your current security measures and whether these are still effective for your business and consider refreshing relevant staff on locking up and security procedures when they return to work, to ensure they are confident and simple things are not forgotten.
Remember, as an SIA accredited contractor, we’re always on hand to help protect your people and premises from theft, vandalism and even fire and flooding with services including Key Holding, Lock & Unlock and Guarding. Even if you’re not ready for your workforce to return to the workplace, with our Vacant Property Inspections and Mobile Patrol services you can ensure the safety and security of your premises even when you’re not there.