Video Surveillance: Good for the Employee and the Employer
It may seem that, more often than not, many employees see the use of video surveillance cameras as an invasion of privacy. The truth is actually contrary to this thought. The use of video surveillance cameras in the workplace benefits both the employer and employee.
The most common misconception is that employers place cameras in strategic areas around their offices to deter wrongdoing. While this is true in part, the benefits far outweigh the idea of the employer looking to “catch” the employee doing something bad.
Here are some of the ways a good video surveillance system can be mutually beneficial to both employer and employee:
Reduce Risk of Employee Theft and Fraud
Shrinkage is a concern in a variety of business. The FBI has published that “Shrinkage” or corporate theft, is very prevalent in society today. According to one statistic (Statistic Brain), 75% of employees have stolen at least once from their employers. This study also concludes that 33% of all business bankruptcies are due in part to employee theft (shrinkage).
Shrinkage occurs in a variety of settings. This is an important issue to consider. Businesses in the financial sector and retail stores contend with this most. There are also cases in non-retail businesses. They can include theft of company assets and intellectual property.
Having a video surveillance system in place can go a long way in curbing nefarious activities of some employees. In the event of theft, investigations can be seamless with the availability of video evidence.
In addition, having a video surveillance system in place can protect the employee from the accusation of wrong doing. In short, having a video surveillance system in place either both deters improper behavior by employees, and protects them when there is a problem and the employee was not involved.
Improve Operations and Productivity
Every business has one overarching goal. That goal is to make profits. Two areas of concern can be examined with a proper video surveillance system. First, low productivity and second faulty operational measures.
So how can a video surveillance system help in these areas.?
It is common to find workers chit-chatting during working hours leading to low productivity. A video surveillance system allows the management team to identify this behavior and correct it.
Studies have shown that employees in workplaces with CCTV cameras tend to be more productive. Therefore, time wasting due to socializing at the workplace can be cut drastically with CCTV cameras in place. Managers and business owners can also concentrate on more productive ventures rather than moving round to ensure employees are doing their jobs.
A video surveillance system can also help employees and managers look at the business operations and improve productivity. For example, an employee may have a suggestion on how to adjust the food line setup in a restaurant. The video surveillance system can be used to examine the process as a whole, then to empower the employee to make changes to improve productivity and speed.
All businesses big and small are concerned with the safety of their people. Understandably, safety is a non-negotiable concept in the workplace. A video surveillance system cameras helps promote and prevent unnecessary accidents. This could include a blatant disregard for safety measures which may or may not cause a work place accident. It could also include information in the event of a slip and fall or another incident.
Conclusively, video surveillance cameras can be crucial to a business. They are much more than just “catching the bad guy”. A video surveillance system protects employees, the employer, and can even improve productivity.
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