Are Office Surveillance Cameras a Good Idea?
Since you cannot single-handedly monitor all that happens in your business. Many small business are troubleshooting this by installing video surveillance in the workplace, so they can keep an eye on what’s going on from where ever they are. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by the American Management Company, over 48% of employers use video monitoring systems in the workplace.
The question remains though; is it a good idea to monitor your employees? If it is done legally and with transparency, the answer is yes. In this article by Angie Mohr for Quickbooks Business, she details some of the advantages in surveilling your staff, listed below.
- Adherence to Company Policy
“Watching camera footage of how your staff members perform their duties can give you insight into how well they are adhering to the standards that you set. It can also highlight where you need to make changes to your policies.”
2) Theft and Shrinkage
“As a small-business owner, you probably don’t want to have to think aboutemployee theft. But you need to consider it. Here’s why: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that employee theft costs employers between $20 billion and $40 billion a year. Theft can happen in many ways, from outright stealing from the cash register to “borrowing” inventory from the back room. Cameras can deter employee theft and catch employees in the act.”
“Stopping inappropriate employee behavior is your responsibility.Harassment (sexual and otherwise) is taken very seriously by the courts, and employers may be held liable for providing an environment in which it’s allowed to happen. Security cameras set up in staff areas, such as kitchens and lounges, help to reinforce the company’s commitment to disallowing such behavior. They can also bolster or discredit an employee’s claim of harassment, so that it doesn’t become a “he said, she said” situation.”
All things considered, putting in a security system in your business could be an enormous help in dealing with any of these issues or even simply for peace of mind. Look into a high tech, cloud based security system like the ones offered at Q-See and change the way you work.