Consider situations such as those in hospitals or restaurants. Usually, such places are characterised by a high number of clients that are often moving from one place to another within the business premises. In such a situation, it may be impossible to differentiate workers from clients. At that point, maintaining control around the premises automatically becomes a challenge, forcing businesses to look for effective control measures.
Badges and Name Tags
These provide an effective way of identifying a company’s employees and their respective designated jobs. Companies are currently moving away from name tags and settling for photo ID badges, which not only contain the employees’ names but also images of their faces. The badges may also contain additional information such as the employees’ numbers and job titles. The use of such badges has increased the degree of control that a company’s management may establish around their premises. In the past, it would have been possible for a worker to give their name tag to an outsider, granting that outsider access to the company. This exposed many companies to not only theft but also espionage by their competitors.
These play an important role in not only differentiating workers from employees but also in identifying their classification. In a hospital setting, for example, different classes of employees are often dressed in different uniforms. This holds true for all employees, from the surgeons and nurses to the cleaners, cooks, and messengers. Therefore, it becomes possible to differentiate between patients and workers to the extent of even identify a worker’s designated job. Uniforms also play an important role in achieving control. Just by the type of uniform worn, it becomes possible to identify an employee that tries to access unauthorised areas.
This refers to regulating access to a business or office. Businesses are continuously adopting the installation of access control doors around their premises. Usually, employees may be provided with access codes that they are to use in accessing restricted areas around a business. Even better, modern badges contain chips that are scanned on locked doors to gain access. Access to buildings and offices may be granted to different employees in different measures. For instance, an employee working in a hospital’s accounting department may be able to use his badge to access all areas within the hospital’s premises, except those where his presence is unauthorised. An example may include the theatre section and the pharmacy.
Signing in and out is a control measure on the part of employees more than the customers. Businesses have now adopted modern systems that require their employees to sign in when reporting to work and sign out when leaving. This has helped reduce the number of workers skipping work. Otherwise, it may be impossible to tell whether a certain employee is at work in a workplace that is often frequented by many people every day. The most effective method has become the use of biometric systems since they require an employee to be physically present to sign in.
A combination of all the factors discussed above is likely to earn a company total access control around their business premises. At any time, it is possible to differentiate a company’s employees from its customers. This allows for not only better security but also better operations management.