Most people spend at least 8 hours a day, 5 days a week at work – that’s nearly half your waking life. Because we spend so much time at work, we should be able to feel just as safe in our offices as we do in our homes. Here are a few ways to make sure you and your employees have the luxury of a safe, secure work environment.

1 – Access Control

Installing an access control system in your offices makes it easier to manage who can enter the premises. There are several methods of access control worth considering: a code is a simple method, and different codes for different people or departments can give you a better idea of who accesses the building when.

Key cards or tags are specific to each person, so may be better than codes. With both of these, however, they can be used by someone else. Key tags and cards can be misplaced and codes can be given away, accidentally or otherwise. The more high tech option is bio scanning, using fingerprints, iris scan or facial recognition. Your receptionist also needs to be aware of who’s expected when and should know not to admit anyone if they have any misgivings.

2 – CCTV

Security cameras are an effective deterrent; the likelihood of being identified will put off most criminals. Failing that, knowing that anyone who violates their office, or personal space can be identified and hopefully caught will make your employees feel a lot safer.

3 – Data

Keeping computers and the data stored on them secure is essential. Security cables can prevent the computers themselves being stolen. It’s also important to protect the data on them. Make sure you have firewalls, antivirus and data backup in place. Lock away laptops and other easy to steal items at night, as well as important paperwork.

4 – Alarm System

Having the right security system in place is one of the most important aspects of workplace safety. Limit the people who have access to alarm codes as much as possible to keep it secure. Make sure the alarm is armed and buildings locked up securely every evening after work. Companies like Alder offer home and office security, with wireless, smart systems that are a lot harder to bypass than old systems. You can learn more about Alder security on their website.

5 – Panic Buttons

As part of your alarm system, install panic buttons in several areas of the building. Start with your front office/reception, as this is where most people enter, then move on to other weak points. Make sure all employees know where they’re located, and the type of emergency that warrants a panic button.

Lastly, talk to your employees. Make sure they know what security measures are in place, and reassure them that they are as safe at work as they can possibly be. They will feel a lot more comfortable in the office knowing they are safe.