Video surveillance is used for a lot of purposes these days. It is used for everything from catching criminals in the act, to monitoring a building’s vital systems to ensure proper functioning at all times. Live monitored video surveillance can also protect you and your business by keeping an eye on your employees.
According to Webster’s Dictionary, Surveillance- is the monitoring of the behavior, activities, or other changing information, usually of people for the purpose of influencing, managing, directing, or protecting them. Live Video Monitoring of your employees can not only protect them by helping to ensure their safety, it can also ensure they are being productive and complying with company policies as well as making sure they are not misappropriating company funds and or property.
Employee Safety –
When it comes to employee safety, there really is no such thing as being too careful. And keeping an eye on your employees is more important than ever. The dangers facing today’s employees are limitless; they lurk inside, as well as outside your building or job site.
Employees are asked to perform all sorts of dangerous tasks. These construction workers are working on a roof and need to be harnessed up and attached to the building for their safety. An added layer of protection can be added with live monitoring. They can be monitored to make certain that their harnesses are correctly hooked in and maintain their integrity as long as the workers are on the roof. In the event that a harness starts to become loose, unravel, or otherwise become compromised, our trained technicians can notify the workers immediately allowing them to fix or replace the harness system in question before an accident can occur.
Dangerous tasks are everywhere in the workplace but they are not the only safety hazards that face your employees today. In some cases, employees work very closely with the public which can be unpredictable. A waiter was recently viciously attacked by his customers for bringing them the wrong dinner.
When a dangerous and chaotic situation such as that occurs, our trained technicians remain calm and immediately jump into action to notify the proper authorities and management. We continuously monitor the situation and help to either identify or track the perpetrators until they can be apprehended. We can also guide employees and customers to a safe exit in the event that becomes necessary.
Employee Productivity –
Keeping an eye on your employees is imperative in today’s business environment. But keeping your employees safe is not the only benefit of a live monitored surveillance system. With the more relaxed atmosphere in a lot of offices today (think Google or Go Daddy) employers tend to have a harder time monitoring their employees’ productivity.
As businesses are designing more comfortable working environments, and employees are allowed to work from anywhere in the building or on the property, live monitoring can be used to ensure that workers are actually working and not taking a nap or otherwise wasting company time.
Your employees’ productivity is imperative to your business’ success, and live monitoring is a great way to ensure that they are being productive.
Employee Theft –
Wasting company time is not the only way that an employee can take advantage of their employer. According to the United States Chamber of Commerce, 75% of employees steal from their companies at least once and more than half of those people do it regularly.
Being able to keep an eye on your employees is of vital importance in any business. Whether in a retail, restaurant, warehouse, or office environment, you are inherently vulnerable to the whims and habits of your employees.
In a retail environment, outright theft by your employees is not the only risk you have to worry about. Whenever money and or merchandise changes hands, there is a way for a dishonest employee to gain the upper hand. But with live monitoring, these and many other opportunities for theft can be eliminated.
All point of sale locations should be closely monitored at all times. Every time an employee rings up a sale is an opportunity for them to steal. An imaginative but unethical mind will think of scenarios that you never imagined. Keeping an eye on your employees when they are dealing with money or merchandise is good business and it can be beneficial for both employer and employee. Sometimes all it takes is a camera, and knowing that someone is watching you, to keep an honest person honest. Thus it prevents not only loss of cash or merchandise from your company but the loss of an otherwise stellar employee.
Point of sale areas are important to keep your eye on but they are not the only areas you need to worry about. Every area in your building and on your property is a possible opportunity for theft and loss and the more remote or desolate the area, the more likely for it to be used for nefarious purposes.
Employee Compliance –
Safety, productivity, and employee theft are all perfect situations for live monitoring to be effective. The workplace can also be monitored to ensure company policies are being followed and that a harmonious environment exists among your employees. Harassment, bullying and untoward behaviors can all be avoided and eliminated when the workplace is being live monitored.
People inherently want to do a good job and follow the rules, but also need a little supervision sometimes. Knowing that someone is watching makes them more likely to do that good job and stay on the straight and narrow.
Live monitoring can be used for many purposes, and keeping an eye on your employees to ensure that they are safe, productive, and following company policies is one of the most important, if not the most important. Call us today to see how we can help you protect your business and your employees.