The installation of CCTV systems in commercial buildings has become the norm for business owners looking to improve workplace security. In some situations, however, putting up a CCTV system can be taken as a sign that you do not trust your employees, and this might not go down well with some of them.
While you do not need permission from your employees to install a CCTV system, you want to maintain a cordial working relationship with them to guarantee maximum productivity. This article discusses a few things you can do to make your employees more comfortable with the installation of a CCTV system around the workplace.
Give Them Reassurance
You need to maintain the trust between you and your employees by reassuring them that they are not the primary reason for the installation of a CCTV system.
You need to ensure that they understand that the system is not being installed to monitor them. Rather, explain that the purpose of the installation is to monitor outsiders who will be visiting your commercial premises daily.
Emphasize that the CCTV system installation will benefit your employees just as much as it will benefit you because the presence of the system makes them more secure as well.
Lastly, remind them that the system is being installed to guarantee the safety and security of your clients as well.
Avoid Private Rooms
To make your employees feel more comfortable, you should avoid having cameras mounted in private areas such as lavatories, changing rooms and breast-feeding enclosures if you have these.
The installation of CCTV systems in the mentioned private rooms will most likely be seen as an invasion of personal privacy.
You can have cameras installed at the entrances of such rooms so that you're able to see who went in at what time, but you do not necessarily have to install the cameras inside the private rooms themselves.
After all, there is not much wrong-doing that can go on in a lavatory if such wrong-doing did not start from some other place within your premises.
Limit Those Who Can Access CCTV Footage
You can also maintain cordial working relations with your employees by limiting the number of people who have access to CCTV footage at any particular time. This will help create a higher sense of privacy, even with the presence of the CCTV system.
To learn more about CCTV systems, contact a security company.