From layoffs to lost sales to employee shortages to bankruptcy, COVID-19 has brought unprecedented challenges for businesses around the world. Now, as the U.S. begins to open again, dealing with the ongoing changes brought on by the pandemic is yet another challenge.
Technology can help businesses manage many of these challenges. The right security system can help you manage and monitor employees and customers alike so that you can ensure the proper safety and health measures are being taken, and your business is protected during these tough times.
For David Rowland, Head of Marketing at Engage EHS, health, safety and security is the responsibility of everyone in an organization. This may seem tough, but the payoffs are huge: increased productivity of workers, increased bottom line, and greater consumer confidence.
Here’s how to use your security system to manage COVID-19 challenges.
Hold Your Business Accountable Remotely
We are still learning what business is going to look like once stay-at-home orders are lifted and more industries are able to open once more. One big change that is coming is tracking who is visiting various locations, where they are coming from and who they may have come into contact with. Many industries are also implementing temperature checks and health screenings before employees, customers or guests can enter.
If your business needs to implement screening or keep track of who is coming and going, your security system will suddenly become the easiest way to hold your employees accountable. You can use it to make sure that employees are following all cleaning and sanitation procedures, keeping customer numbers in check and practicing safe social distancing.
Because of capacity restrictions, it isn’t always possible to be watching operations in person. But remote monitoring of a security camera system will allow you to check in to ensure that operations are being properly followed at all times. You can even keep these records as proof that your business has been accountable from the start.
Use This Downtime to Review Your Security Measures
There are plenty of reasons why now is the right time to review your company’s security measures. To start, for many businesses, customer traffic and sales are at an all-time low. For small businesses, which often rely heavily on foot traffic coming into their brick-and-mortar locations, revenue is down between 25 and 60 percent.
But as the country begins to reopen for business, traffic is also beginning to pick up. Before your store or business starts getting back to normal, take advantage of having fewer people around to review your current security measures. Take a look at your security camera system; and take the time to look for blind spots and decide whether your current system is taking advantage of the latest technology to help you keep your business safe.
With sales down, losses from theft or employee mistakes can have an even bigger impact on your bottom line. If your security camera system is out of date, investing in updated technology can help your business better survive these difficult times, not to mention allow you to hold your employees accountable for following COVID-19 procedures.
Utilizing Your Security System During COVID-19
No one knows how long we’ll be dealing with the repercussions of the pandemic, or whether we’ll face more outbreaks in the future. Upgrading your security system now and learning how to use it to manage health screenings and to monitor who is coming and going from your business will leave you better prepared to deal with future closures or more regulations.