The holiday season is approaching and with it comes many festivities in and outside of the office. The additional commotion, office parties, and other distractions are potential breeding grounds for suspicious activity. To stay safe this holiday season, be sure all of your security procedures and systems are updated and that all employees know what to do in the event of an emergency.
Office Party Safety Tips
The first step to creating a safe and fun holiday season for your employees is to update safety procedures and send them out to everyone. Safety policies are crucial but can be completely meaningless if employees aren’t aware of what to do in certain situations. We have several previous blogs that discuss in detail how to create a safe workplace. Catch up on them:
- Everything You Need To Know About Creating Safety Procedures In The Workplace
- Beginner’s Guide To Contingency Planning
- General Office Events Safety Tips
This time last year, we wrote 6 Holiday Office Party Safety Tips to discuss safety best practices at events where alcohol may be served. We know that safety threats don’t always come from outsiders. Make sure you know how to handle all HR situations from drinking responsibly to sexual harassment.
The above resources will have you well on your way to ensuring your company has a safe and happy holiday season.
Practice Makes Perfect
Safety procedures are necessary for every place of employment as recent threats and break-ins remind us that even remote office locations aren’t innately safer. Earlier this year we wrote a series about what to do if you get broken into where we shared a story about a small, remote office break-in. Catch up on Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 to see how break-ins aren’t always obvious and how to protect your office against them.
This series reinforces the fact that business security systems should be installed in every place of work to record and hopefully prevent any and all suspicious activity. In the event that something happens during work hours or at a company-wide event, safety procedures can make all the difference.
Once you have solid procedures in place, it is our recommendation that they are updated and sent to employees on a yearly basis at a minimum. Safety drills are also helpful in reinforcing the procedures for all employees.