If you are a business owner, chances are you’ve had to deal with more than one instance of your employees getting locked out. They’ve lost or left behind their physical key, key card or security badge and call a facilities manager to let them back in. If you’re honest, you’re likely to admit that it’s happened to you a time or two.
Despite the best key management procedures, the diligence that comes along with today’s business security creates some situations where lost or forgotten keys are going to create lockout situations. Finding ways to minimize the time lost to managing these events is something that every business can benefit from.
Here are a few tips from Big Red Locksmiths, who has seen more than a few business lockout situations in its decade in business.
Talk to your employees and key security and lockout procedures
One of the first things you should do as a business owner if you find yourself or your staff managing too many lockout calls is to take a few minutes to talk about it with your employees. Discuss the importance of managing keys or access cards and the procedure they should follow should they become locked out. Sometimes simply raising awareness of a recurring problem can help curb the frequency of these types of events.
Take a hard look at your existing door locks and mechanisms
If an inordinate number of lockouts are taking place at your business, maybe there is an underlying reason that needs further investigated. For example, do you have doors that swing closed rapidly and automatically lock, taking unsuspecting employees off guard? Big Red Locksmiths can stop by and take a quick look at all of the entry and exit points for your business and identify any locks or doors that may be contributing to the problem.
Is it time to upgrade your business locks?
One thing we frequently see are businesses that have simply outgrown their existing business security systems. What worked when you had 10 employees may not be as effective or practical when you have 100 employees. It may be time to talk to a professional locksmith about installing electronic or keyless entry systems to help not only keep your business secure but also to avoid time-wasting lockout situations.
At the very least, when you employee counts grow, you’ll want to be sure you have a robust key management system in place so you know which employees have keys and the level of access they currently hold. This is something a locksmith can help with, as well.
From helping you create a master key system to installing high-tech security electronic entry systems, Big Red Locksmiths can help.