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How can a business best protect lone workers?

Posted by Tristan Sharrock on 20-Apr-2018 10:00:00

As work schedules become more and more fractured, lone workers become more and more common. After all, these days, employees often juggle their jobs with other commitments, such as family members, home duties and second occupations. What’s more, the internet’s 24/7 capacity means that many businesses just employ staff members outside normal opening hours. So, what’s the best way to keep lone workers protected and secure? Here are some useful tips. 

Invest in a high-quality security system

The first step is to invest in a security system that you know you can trust. MyTAG is one of the best. Unlike other options, such as QR codes, MyTAG's trusted tags cannot be cloned, so they provide an exceptional level of security. Every employee receives an NFC tag, which allows the recording and monitoring of all movements - 24 hours a day, seven days a week, whether the worker is alone or with others. Moreover, employees can choose to add an extra layer of security by entering their plans into a mobile device in advance. 

Encourage a security-conscious culture 

In addition to installing a reliable, high-tech security and visitor management system, an employer should encourage and nurture a security-conscious culture. This might involve workshops, talks, courses, professional development sessions, reminders and signs. Without scaring workers, an employer should promote awareness of security issues - both physical and digital. For example, if intending to work alone, an employee should inform another trustworthy person of their intentions and whereabouts. On top of that, employees should pay attention to digital security risks by making sure they follow crucial procedures, such as setting strong passwords and logging out at the end of sessions. 

Raise awareness of risks

Employers should ensure that lone workers are aware of risks, and feel comfortable about reporting and discussing them. Risks vary significantly from workplace to workplace; for example, a laborer entering a construction site might need to check for falls hazards and be careful when using particular machinery. Meanwhile, a nurse should consider social risks, which could range from the possibility of verbal and emotional abuse to the risk of assault or theft. 

By working hard to protect all workers, including lone employees, a business owner promotes a healthy and productive workplace. Contact ID Supplies today for any inquiries about visitor management and security systems. Call 1800 330 099

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Topics: visitor management system, MyTAG, safetyandsecurity, securityconscious, securityconsciousness, safety, security solutions

How to prevent employee theft and fraud

Posted by Tristan Sharrock on 18-Apr-2018 10:00:00

Employees who steal from companies have typically been working there for several years and typically continue to steal for 3 years before they are caught. For small businesses, this can be a devastating blow, while in larger businesses the losses from theft can be even greater. Protecting yourself against employee theft and fraud is mainly about deterrents in the forms of corporate policy and access control, so here we explore the steps you can take. 

Zero tolerance policy

Using a zero tolerance policy and setting this out clearly from the outset is important. If your employees know 100% that you will prosecute if they steal then they will be less likely to. 

Know where they are 

Most theft or fraud occurs at the very start or end of the day when the workplace is quiet. Giving your employees access control cards that record where your employees are and which areas of your building they have accessed and when will make it easier to track unusual or suspicious behaviour. If a staff member suddenly becomes the last one out of a particular area every day then you should start asking questions. You can even make some areas off limits to certain employees if they have no reason to be there.

Use purchase orders

The use of purchase orders means all expenses have to be approved. When you use purchase orders and require receipts you will more readily be able to determine if unusual payments out of the company are being made. 

Manage inventory

Managing the inventory in your business and ensuring that it is regularly checked will enable you to determine promptly if anything is going missing. In doing so you can increase the speed at which discrepancies may be noticed and this will make it easier to track down the culprit. 

Use security cameras

Unsurprisingly people are less likely to steal if they know that they are being watched by a supervisor or by a security camera. Installing security cameras in warehouses is a great way to keep track of goods and will help to limit theft. 

Limiting theft and fraud in your company relies on ensuring that you are able to keep track of all aspects of your company at all times. If you are able to keep track of employees and visitors with visitor management and access control and are able to keep track of stock and outgoing payments then you have a far better chance of catching people stealing. In increasing the chance of catching people you will also see your incidence of theft going down.

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Topics: Visitor Management, visitor management system

How a visitor management system makes your business more secure against corporate espionage

Posted by Tristan Sharrock on 13-Apr-2018 10:00:00

We have explained in the previous post the benefits of a visitor management system; indeed, the benefits are as crucial as they are numerous. However, while safety, control, and the reputation of a company depend on first-rate management systems, security is arguably the biggest one. Corporate espionage is bigger now than it has ever been, and it is just startling how much of a threat corporate spying has become – even for (or especially for, in some cases) startup companies.

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Visitor management 101: frequently asked questions

Posted by Tristan Sharrock on 30-Mar-2018 10:00:00

Ask people to define a visitor management system today and you'll receive in return a blank stare. For something that is so essential to business security, brand familiarity, and customer awareness, many businesses are failing to get on board with visitor management services and products and are missing out on the benefits that can be reaped.

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Why you should install a visitor management system

Posted by Tristan Sharrock on 21-Mar-2018 13:50:00

Once upon a time, a simple paper sign in book was all that was needed at a reception desk to manage the comings and goings of visitors.

However, we now live in a very different world where the security of staff, customers, visitors and intellectual property needs to be taken a lot more seriously. No longer is any business immune to potential acts of violence, theft, espionage, and even terrorism.

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Topics: Visitor Management, visitor management system

The Top Visitor Management Solutions

Posted by Tristan Sharrock on 23-Feb-2018 10:00:00

One of the key security concerns for any business has got to be employing the correct visitor management system. There's a balance, it's important to strike between being too cautious to the point where visitors to your facility feel stressed and as if they are being treated with suspicion, and being too lax and letting anyone walk in. The latter can not only lead to theft and damage to company property, but could also put you and your employees at risk. Below, we've listed a few of the top visitor management solutions that will help you to get that balance right.

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Topics: Visitor Management, visitor management system

5 reasons your business needs visitor management

Posted by Heath McDonald on 22-Sep-2017 10:32:00

A solid visitor management system is important for all businesses. Not only can it help with keeping security tight but it can also improve a company's image and productivity.

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Topics: Visitor Management, visitor management system

Modern visitor management in the real world

Posted by Heath McDonald on 05-Jul-2017 10:30:00

When it comes to visitor management, ID Supplies has all! the card printing services, card printers and card printer servicing, access control cards, card holders, custom lanyards and everything else you can possibly imagine to get the job done.

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The two reasons culture is key to your company's visitor management

Posted by Heath McDonald on 27-Jan-2017 10:30:00

'Corporate culture.' We hear the term flung around the meeting rooms of monolithic Silicon Valley companies and in the movies that portray them to a tiring degree. But what exactly is corporate culture, and how does it impact your company's visitor management?

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Why a good visitor management system is important to your visitors

Posted by Heath McDonald on 25-Jan-2017 11:00:00

The benefits of having an effective visitor management system for a business are intangible. From ensuring your organisation 's security to protecting against legal issues, the reasons for a business to have a visitor management system are numerous. However, one aspect often overlooked is why having a good visitor management system is important for your visitors.

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Topics: visitor management system

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