Protecting Your Business Investment

I live in a small town. Every weekend, I visit the same local retail establishments in order to complete shopping errands. I’m always saddened when I hear about a favorite local retailer incurring damage from a theft. I know many small business owners. They are hard-working people who have invested much of their time and finances into their businesses. For them, losing merchandise from a theft may lead to financial ruin. If you are a small business owner, consider purchasing a state-of-the-art security system in order to protect your business assets. On this blog, you will discover the best types of security systems to install in small businesses.

2 Easy Ways To Increase Retail Employee Awareness About Security


Security is something that many retail employees don't focus on. They will be more focused on their day-to-day tasks, such as keeping the store clean, assisting customers, and making sure that there is enough stock out on the floor. This can be problematic because retail employees are often those who come closest to shoplifters and other security threats. In order to keep your store safe from security issues and theft, you need to make sure that your employees are aware of security in ways that are directly meaningful to their work. There are two easy ways to do this.

1. Provide Custom Digital Training

Providing custom digital training allows employees to get the information about security that is relevant to their job in a timely manner. If you have to wait until all of the employees are free to give a training, you will end up with an unmanned store or disgruntled employees who have to stay late. If you provide digital training, you can educate employees are raise awareness one employee at a time, in small chunks. This keeps your store manned and prevents your employees from having to stay late.

Talk to a company that offers training courses in order to custom-order a course that is perfect for the needs of your employees. Many companies offer a range of courses that cover topics such as checking for credit card theft, making sure bills are not fraudulent, and noticing the tell-tale signs of a shoplifter. Contact the companies directly to find out more about what courses and bundles they offer.

2. Offer Incentives

Offer money, time off, or extra breaks to employees who take an active stand against security issues. Give rewards to employees who call managers to report signs of shoplifting and help pinpoint the perpetrator. Do random checks to make sure that every credit card is being checked for a signature or an ID and reward those employees who pass the checks. Make a competition out of who can prevent the largest amount of theft, both by value and by number of items.

All of these will provide your retail employees with the incentive they need to actually care about security issues. Without these incentives, most employees will not feel particularly concerned because they are so far removed from those who own the business. Make plugging security holes a personal issue for your employees.

By making security issues personal for your employees, you can make your business safer and more profitable.


27 March 2015