In any kind of operation, you need to know who comes in and who goes out for a variety of reasons.
While payroll and physical security are needed for some employees and to keep out people who shouldn’t be in your building in the first place, another important reason for access control is liability management.
When people enter your property, you become potentially liable for anything they might do, either to themselves or to your property. In some cases, this can lead to unnecessary litigation that can detract from using your funds to operate. As well, if litigation comes up later, you might find that your company is under legal attack despite no wrongdoing.
When employees attack
To an extent, you need to trust your employees. No one person can run everything, particularly when there’s a lot at stake and a great deal of complexity going on. You’re going to have to delegate some things to your employees, which means you won’t be personally overseeing everything.
Of course, sometimes, employees get ideas that aren’t in line with your management style or your end goals. In these cases, employees can end up accidentally doing things such as going over on their work hours, which can end up becoming financially costly. Most of the time, this is innocent, but other things can become anything that isn’t.
In some cases, employees might want to gain entry to your building during hours that aren’t their intended work times. While this can be as innocent as their having forgotten something and needing to get it out of their office, this can also be signs of corporate espionage. By combining your outside Access Security System with your IT department’s understanding of how your company’s systems operate, you can go very far toward knowing who’s doing what, as well as when.
As classist and silly as it may sound to refer to anyone as “the rabble,” in some cases, this kind of terminology is accurate to a point. Sometimes, random people will simply want to walk into your building and do random things. While there are cases where this is simply young people wanting to cause mischief, it can still become costly if they injure themselves or damage company property.
There are a lot of different ways that you can limit a person’s access to your property. The first line of defense is gates that will keep out cars, seeing as most people drive to get where they are going. The second line of defense is to require identification to get into any door on the premises, so that even pedestrians will find some difficulty gaining entry unless they should be allowed in.
The more barriers there are, the more likely that random people will simply get bored walking around outside your building and will leave. Since the amount of damage they can do outside is generally relatively little, your liability should be far more controlled this way.