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As a firm, we can often forget that the nature of our operation is not always completely secure. When we realize that it can be more vulnerable than we think, we apply a solution, such as applying worthwhile cybersecurity through the use of managed IT services. However, we can also forget that it’s not always just the firm we need to protect. We also need to protect ourselves. When we set up a good measure of doing that, we can extend the same application to our staff, allowing for the personal and the professional to remain separated.
We can see bad examples of this occur in new industries, especially those that are high-profile, such as in the video gaming industry. When changes are made that consumers do not like, individual public figures or community managers can be the target for internet rage, and this shows a lack of careful consideration when it comes to a business leader protecting their people.
As far as this is concerned, we would suggest you apply the following advice, as it may help you well.
Protecting your personal information is an important part of ensuring your business operation does not betray your personal life, or those of your staff. Taking the time to separate your personal and business assets, to hide your employee information through excellent data protection, and to ensure that you do not dox or misuse the information of your staff, especially those that are front-facing, in the worst way is important.
Safety standards are essential to follow. It can also be very important to think of how to stay safe while implementing the safety standards you have, which is a practice that can be rarely spoken of. What do we mean by that? Well, consider how the security apparatus of your firm may help or hinder your approach, be that best practice in locking your retail store, how staff are trained if approached by shoplifters or a robbery, and how to safely cash handle large sums without putting themselves in harm’s way. When you train staff for most issues, you can avoid forgone conclusions of risk and instead ensure that your staff are cared for as much as possible.
It’s of course difficult to realize when staff may be circumventing best practice or may be actively working in a negative capacity, such as stealing money or property from your firm. When you can ensure staff accountability through the use of CCTV, reporting systems, and ensuring that their profiles within your digital systems have their access histories viewable, you can catch onto bad staff practice more quickly. It is rare that your staff will be applying themselves in this way, but it is possible, and possibilities must always be accounted for.
With this advice, we hope you can adequately protect yourself while running a business.
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