With over 32 million small businesses operating in dozens of industries or sub-industries, you wouldn’t think they’d share all that much in common. Yet all businesses overlap in some areas of concern. One of the biggest areas of concern is workplace security.
After all, every business has valuable assets ranging from physical inventory and equipment to financial information and customer data. Of course, protecting those assets is a constantly evolving challenge.
If you don’t feel comfortable with the work security at your business, keep reading for some key tips on improving security in the workplace.
Physical Access Control
One of the cornerstones of security for all businesses is basic physical access control. Common methods of access control include only issuing keys where and as necessary. For example, a retail outlet might only issue keys to managers and on-site security.
For businesses that don’t deal directly with the public all day, you can issue personalized keycards that let people swipe in and out of the building. You can also code those cards for internal access to secure areas, such as server rooms and records.
Digital Access Control
All too often, when a business issues a password to an employee, it grants the employee access to everyone on the business’s network. While it complicates the process, you should employ digital access control levels as well. Each user should get a profile that limits their access to the functions or data they need to do their daily work.
No, you shouldn’t employ a Big Brother mentality and install monitoring equipment everywhere. That will harm morale.
You should, however, use workplace cameras around high-value or high-risk assets. For example, you might place cameras to observe your server room, storeroom, or a delivery bay.
You might place dash cameras if you operate a fleet of vehicles for delivery or service calls. The cameras discourage drivers from joyriding, but they also provide a visual record for police or your insurance company in case of accidents.
Good business security doesn’t happen by accident. Just as importantly, you cannot assume employees know even the basics of good security.
It’s on you to provide training around all the relevant security issues affecting your business. If you deal with a lot of sensitive data, provide basic cybersecurity training.
If you’re worried about theft, you should train employees on spotting suspicious behaviors. Of course, if you’re worried about the physical safety of your employees, consider bringing in professional security.
Workplace Security and You
Most businesses can do a lot to improve workplace security. Better access control is often a big step in the right direction. In many cases, simply creating digital access control levels will do a lot to boost your data security.
Monitoring equipment makes sense when deployed strategically around high-value or high-risk areas. You must, however, make an effort to get your employees trained up to a certain level of basic security awareness.
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Khalil ur Rehman is a proud born and raised in Abbottabad. Khalil has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Yahoo News and The Verge. As a journalist for The Hear Up, Khalil covers climate and science news. [email protected]
Advice On Extending The Life Of Your Memory Foam Bed
The ultra-absorbent polyurethane foam used to produce memory foam mattresses sometimes referred to as “synthetic viscoelastic foam,” provides pliable support that makes lying on one feel like lying on a cloud. Given that NASA developed memory foam for space shuttles, that is logical. Customers have gushed about the wonderful comfort these beds offer since memory foam entered the mattress market.
Maintaining the quality of the best memory foam mattresses you have purchased became essential over time. At the end of this post, you will grasp the tips on how to maintain the comfort and durability of your memory foam mattress. read in advance;
1. Ensure Your Mattress Is Safe
Innovative mattress protectors. A mattress protector should fit snugly, like a fitted sheet, to prevent spills and stains. Encasement protectors, which cover all six sides and have a zipper, are also available (including the bottom). Sleepers with allergies or bedbugs can utilize the best mattress encasement protectors. Whether you eat in bed or not, a mattress cover is vital to protect your mattress from bodily fluids, skin flakes, spilled food, and drinks.
2. Lay A Firm Foundation
Having a base isn’t required for a memory foam mattress to operate well, but it will raise your bed to the right height. If you use memory foam mattresses, your base must be solid, level, and gap-free. Slats on a slatted base should be no more than 2.75 inches apart to prevent uneven mattress wear. If the slats are too far apart, you’ll need to buy extra or use a plywood board.
3. Prevent Pets And Children From Jumping
This counsel is direct. Pets who roam freely and lie on the bed stimulate the spread of germs, insects, and bacteria where you sleep. The perfect situation is when you meet a nice and cuddly bedmate. The worst-case situation is parasite eggs nearby about to hatch. It’s encouraged to ban youngsters under 8 from jumping on beds. Bouncing on the bed is not only hazardous, but it also damages the mattress. The memory foam is overworked by the quick up-and-down movements, which don’t prolong its life.
4. Rotate Your Mattress Regularly
It’s common if you’ve heard of this advice, but have you ever put it to use? Rotate your memory foam mattress 180 degrees every season, starting right away. This method is based on the idea that sleeping in the same spot on the mattress every night could be uncomfortable and lead to a concentration of wear and tear in that area. It should be noted that certain high-end made in the USA mattress producers make mattresses that don’t need to be turned.
5. Make Your Mattress Clean
Your memory foam mattress may be protected against sweat, dust mites, and other allergies by vacuuming it at least twice a year. Start by sprinkling baking soda on your stripped mattress since the longer it remains there, the better. A few drops of essential oil are an optional addition. At some point, take out the vacuum and completely remove the baking soda using the upholstery attachment. The tufts, seams, and areas between the mattress and foundation are known to be dust mite havens.
6. Do Not Make Your Bed
You did indeed read that correctly. While it might appear illegal to put off making your bed, it is not recommended. Delaying making the bed gives your memory foam mattress and linens time to breathe, giving any moisture that may have accumulated throughout the night a chance to evaporate.
Umar Nisar was born and raised in the busy city of Abbottabad. As a journalist, Umar Nisar has contributed to many online publications including PAK Today and the Huffing Post. In regards to academics, Umar Nisar earned a degree in business from the Abbottabad UST, Havelian. Umar Nisar follows the money and covers all aspects of emerging tech here at The Hear Up.