As the holidays approach, most businesses are planning office parties, pot luck lunches, and closing shop for a few days of downtime. It’s a joyous fun time of the year when friends and family get together. But it’s also the time when burglaries, thefts, and accidents increase.
Most businesses realize the value of an alarm system and have one in place year round. But there are also a few safety tips to bear in mind for your business and your employees -- especially during holiday merrymaking.
Make sure your employees fully understand the rules that go along with the holiday office party. If you serve alcohol, be sure to enforce the ‘don’t drink and drive’ policy. Paying for an employee’s taxi ride home could be a lot less expensive than a car crash or accident when leaving the party.
If party decorations are in order, avoid candles and use battery-operated lights. It’s also a good idea to have someone monitor the in/out doors, to keep a keen eye on who’s coming and going.
Minimize access to valuable hardware or software. If you’re a retail business and have cash in registers, remove it or lock up registers along with expensive electronics.
If your industrious employees are working late, make sure they work in pairs. The buddy system is always safer, especially when leaving through the parking garage or street.
If you have a security system that is operational, be sure to advise them of your events and ask for any special monitoring as people come and go. Obviously, someone in charge will be responsible for setting the security system when everyone is gone.
If you do not have a security system for your business, you should consider having one installed. Your property insurance rates can be considerably lower with a security system, saving you up to 20 percent on rates. Not to mention, your employees will feel much safer, too.
And as always, talk with your independent insurance agent and find out how much they can save you on your business insurance.