It seems like we’ve been talking about lockdown restrictions for years now, but lockdown lifting completely on the 19th July has marked the start of what we hope is goodbye to COVID-19.
Return to normality
Although the ‘return to normality’ has not been immediate, for many their routine has been disrupted yet again and employers have either gone full steam ahead back to pre-pandemic operations or have taken the decision to introduce new permanent flexible working procedures. With this of course comes a dilemma for business owners and facilities managers who have been faced with some challenging decisions in regard to COVID-19 security in the workplace.
Apart from the obvious safety and hygiene requirements that must be considered by employers if their staff are returning to the workplace, there is security to address too. So, how will the lifting of lockdown affect the security of businesses and staff?
Review current security and working practices
Firstly, current security measures must be readdressed to check they are applicable to your current working practices. It is likely things will have changed since pre-pandemic and even if you go back to how things were before measures may need a refresh.
If your business has switched to remote or hybrid working, it may be that your staff will be coming and going irregularly from the workplace and particularly if you are relying on staff to open and lock up, it is important all staff are kept informed and up to date on their responsibilities so there are no accidents. With hybrid working and social distancing measures also comes increased chance of staff working alone or at night, so it is important to ensure measures are in place to protect them. You may wish to consider a Lock & Unlock Service or Manned Guarding in this case as both provide a security presence on site which act as a deterrent to unwanted visitors, reassurance to staff, and it means they are not relied upon to open up or lock up.
If your business has made a permeant switch to remote working, you may have retained an office space as a base for meetings, meaning this may be vacant for prolonged periods of time, leaving premises vulnerable. Vacant property inspections may be something to consider if this is the case as it will deter potential vandals or burglars and means any potential issues are identified before they become a bigger issue.
Whatever your business’ working practices post-lockdown, make sure you’re covered. As an SIA accredited contractor, we can help to protect your business from vandalism, theft, fire and flooding with services including Key Holding, Lock & Unlock, Guarding, Vacant Property Inspections and Mobile Patrol services so your business and employees are safe.
To speak to one of our experienced team about how best to protect your business premises and staff now lockdown has lifted, get in touch—call us on 0115 911 0213.