How the Post-COVID Work Revolution is Changing Office Safety

Re-evaluate physical space.

Many of us move through our everyday spaces on autopilot, which is why one of the first things Chan-Shue does with new City Safe clients is a focused walk-through of their physical space. Not only does this give her team of experts an in-depth understanding of how to customize security efforts, but it also gets her clients in the habit of thinking about their space more vigilantly.

Identify new vulnerabilities.

With new work arrangements come new vulnerabilities. As mentioned above, many companies reconfigured their seating charts or even reduced the number of workstations available to minimize the spread of COVID.

Rebalance tactics.

Chan-Shue reports that City Safe clients use a mix of tactics to execute their safety and security plans: on-site personnel, cameras, and digital tools, to name a few. But the mix that worked in 2019 and even 2020 will likely not work now.

Revisit safety and security training.

Once a company has adjusted their security plans, they now need to consider how they will keep their employees informed and empowered to do their part in keeping the organization safe.

Put the company on a schedule.

When it comes to workplace safety and security planning, Chan-Shue cautions that companies can’t just “set it and forget it.” The plan put in place this year must be evaluated regularly, ideally more than once a year. It’s essential that the senior management team not just embrace but evangelize this process so that the entire company is ready to actively participate in minimizing threats and protecting the organization.



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