Protect Your Office By Implementing ID Cards

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Not too long ago, in Palm Beach Florida, a story broke about a harrowing and preventable robbery: According to the Palm Beach Post, two men pretending to be Walmart employees robbed two unsuspecting victims in the parking lot.

While this incident didn’t happen here in Canada, such a story is not an anomaly, and unfortunately a simple Google search will show that this is far from an isolated incident. The good news is there is a way to show your staff and your customers who is a trusted employee and who is not – that method is the use of high-quality photo ID tags.

Many employers don’t think they have much to protect in their small shop or plant, but sensitive materials and desirable, sellable goodsare everywhere in any business. They can include things like 1) names and addresses of customers, account numbers, and proprietary technology, or 2) more physical items like merchandise or tools.

Let’s take the first into consideration: if you stop to consider the impact a data breach would have on your customers’ confidence in your company, it becomes perfectly apparent why workplace security is so important. Having clear and hard-to-duplicate ID badges for your employees will reduce the chances of an outsider being able to access these sensitive documents and locations, which will in turn preserve your customers’ and employees’ trust. For more information on security issues that may exist in your business, see this article from Reference, whichsuccinctly breaks down the need for workplace security.

As for the second point, it goes without saying that a business needs to protect its assets from theft. That could be theft from outsiders, or, as is often the case, theft from employees. ID cards allow an employer to create restricted zones in an office, where valuable tools or merchandise can be kept safe from certain unauthorized employees.

So it’s pretty well documented that card printers and security products can help a business secure its premises, but there are other reasons to identify your employees. Another benefit of ID cards has less to do with safety, and more to do with morale: ID cards help your employees know who is who. Your receptionist will be able to use ID cards to differentiate between a new employee, a customer, or a sales representative. You can also issue ID cards to customers, patients, or clients that often visit, both for security and to be sure everyone can greet them by name. Issuing ID cards to your contractors and most common sales visitors will increase this benefit.

Another benefit of ID cards (which was briefly touched on above) is the ability manage access to specific areas. If you have a large number of tertiary employees and visitors, but you want to restrict access to sensitive parts of your business to a trusted few, chipped ID cards allow you to do just that. By implanting a chip that opens a lock, you can control entry into places like your office or storage spaces.

Too often, businesses leave themselves open to theft, which can be detrimental to both consumer trust and employee morale. With a sophisticated ID card system in place, your office can steer clear of theft, while promoting a more communal workplace.

Author: Ryan Yarbrough