Implementing any big change can be a challenge but when it comes to having a better, security-focused workplace then you might consider that the trials and tribulations that lie ahead are definitely worth it. So how do you go about setting the wheels in motion? Let’s take a closer look.
Empowering your team
As the boss, workplace security might start with you, but if you’re the only one focusing on it, then you’re likely to be facing an uphill struggle. By making team members accountable for security and allowing them to take responsibility for reporting security issues, you’re more likely to build a strong, security-centred workplace. As an example, why not give employees easy access to you or your management team and in turn, recognise/reward those who correctly report any areas where security could be improved. Also consider empowering your team to make suggestions that will improve security and if those suggestions are deemed worthy, then follow them through.
Understanding the value of effective coaching
When implementing security changes, the trick is to accept that despite any training, mistakes are going to happen. However it’s how you deal with those mistakes that will determine whether your team really buy into your idea. For example, if you find there’s been a security issue, do you make a big deal out of it, or do you have a constructive chat with the people involved, tell them where they went wrong and how they can fix the problem next time without putting too much emphasis on the issue? By approaching it as a learning opportunity rather than a security disaster, everybody in your team is far more likely to benefit in the long-term. Now that’s effective coaching!
Make security the forefront of everything you do
Security is a concept that should be factored into everything you do and this is something that can be learned through continued staff training. Also when hiring new staff, make it an integral part of the initial training process.
Okay so, that’s what you should do, Now what about what you shouldn’t do…
Take a reactive approach to security
It’s probable that you’re going to have to deal with security issues when they arise, but don’t make this the brunt of what you do. Instead by following the above advice, it’s far better and less costly to be proactive about security rather than to be reactive.
Not getting your team involved
Workplace security should be everyone’s business instead of it being solely a ‘management responsibility’. It’s good to have security surveillance procedures in place such as CCTV equipment but a strong security culture will only work if the whole team are receptive to it.
Avoiding expert advice
Those who ignore or avoid expert advice often do so at their peril and the same goes for security. Often a fresh set of professional eyes will see things that you’ve missed or overlooked and will make experienced suggestions that are likely to help your business in the long-term.
So there you have it, the do’s and don’ts of building a strong culture of security in your business!
Here at MA Services Group we have years of experience within the security industry and as such we’ve helped many companies with their security risk analysis. By delivering sound advice on how your business can seek to improve your workplace security we offer a cost effective solution which will help you to save money. Contact us on 03 9994 4107 to find out more about how we can help.