Google the term “best looking offices” and you’ll find no shortage of results, with photos of interiors featuring beautiful design, materials, light and color. But do office space aesthetics actually have an effect on companies and their people? And how do aesthetics fit into the equation when it comes to how secure an office space is?
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The problem with some employees is that they are too nice. They let people in behind them without thinking about it. Most of us are not raised to close a door in someone’s face, so we hold a door open for them, or we let them in behind us, especially if they have forgotten their credentials at home. Good manners, right? Yes, but not good security.
We’ve installed thousands of entry solutions, talked to end users all over the world and have developed a comprehensive process for choosing the right security entrance. That said, no process is perfect, and we’ve come to observe that certain organizations will consider some of the decision criteria quite well but leave out one or two factors. We call these the “gotchas,” and when forgetting or ignoring any one of the criteria, you can end up with a security entrance that doesn’t address the needs of your organization.
One of the biggest mistakes security professionals can make is not installing enough entrances to accommodate the number of people moving in and out of their building. This is known in the industry as "throughput." What's the impact of a miscalculation in throughput? Highly visible and impactful pileups of people during rush periods that can trigger complaints and undermine the success of your security entrance project.
We recently met with a Fortune 100 company who had constructed their own mantrap style security vestibule at the entrance to a data center. They figured it would save them money, but it ended up being ineffective and a constant drain on resources.
How are you currently fostering security as part of your corporate culture? BrightCoach CEO, Peter Ashworth, defines corporate culture as “the DNA that provides guidelines, boundaries and expectations for your team and your customers, and is the primary platform to inspiring and motivating people…” So what is the key to developing a positive corporate culture? Strong communication.
With an investment upwards of five, six and or even seven figures, the selection of security entrances is one of the most highly visible and impactful aspects of a project you can accomplish. The goal is simple, prevent intrusion, but there are many pitfalls that can lead to failure. Failure as a spectrum could range from a bad 6-month stretch of high stress to a loss of your good reputation, or even a breach at some point that could cost you your job.