4 Steps To Building an Efficient and Collaborative Culture of Security
The role of security is to prevent threats to your facility from harming your employees, visitors, and assets. It is a crucially important function. Unfortunately, when security is inefficient, it can interfere with everyday operations.
Efficient security helps to ensure that potential threats are neutralized in a timely manner without slowing down operations. Here are some suggestions for creating a culture of security in your workplace that is more efficient for being collaborative.
1. Foster Communication Between Physical Security and Online Security Teams
Physical security and online security may not seem to have much in common on the surface. However, they are two sides of the same coin. There are security concerns that contain elements of both physical security and online security. Therefore, both groups should feel that they are part of the same team and working toward the same goals. In particular, they should be able to communicate and share information with one another easily in the event of a threat that is mostly physical but has a cyber component, or vice versa.
2. Provide Security Teams With Appropriate Tools and Equipment
Not only can it be frustrating to try to do a job without the right tools or equipment, but the results may not reach established standards. Make sure that your physical and online security teams have the highest-quality, most up-to-date tools and equipment available. In the case of physical security, this may include beam barricades or portable barriers from Delta Scientific.
3. Make Reporting Potential Threats Easier for All Employees
Identifying potential threats isn’t, or shouldn’t be, solely the responsibility of the physical and online security teams. Any employee in the company may recognize something strange or out of place that could represent a potential threat. If employees have a mechanism for reporting potential threats, it can help security personnel to respond to them more quickly, which could help to avert a tragedy. If you have also taken steps to improve communication between the different security departments, it helps to elicit a quick response even if an employee mistakenly reports a potential threat to the wrong department as the department that receives it can forward it promptly as appropriate.
4. Encourage Employees To Report Potential Threats
In addition to not knowing where or how to send information, part of the reason why employees may not report potential threats is out of a fear of making a mistake and wasting other people’s time. In addition to making the reporting process easy and transparent, encourage employees to trust their instincts and report if something feels wrong. Make it clear that there is no penalty for making a good-faith report that turns out not to be a threat and emphasize that it is better to report something that turns out not to be a threat than not to report something that turns out to be one.
Security is often about telling people what not to do, and yet research shows that people are more likely to remember and repeat behaviors for which they receive positive reinforcement. Therefore, look for opportunities to praise employees who make good use of security best practices.
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