Welcome to that time of year again! Time to start planning those New Year’s Resolutions. Should you be setting security goals for your business as a resolution? Do you need to tighten up vague protocols? Or fix gaps in your coverage?
Why even create resolutions for the upcoming year? Studies show that creating plan and being aware of your goals will help you obtain that valuable goal. By identifying important items and developing a strategy to implement them, you’re more likely to accomplish your goal. And if you’re applying that to your business – that means added trust and protection.
Should I set a Resolution?
Ever wonder why so many people set resolutions only to have them fizzle out a few weeks later? Well it could be simple biology. Self restraint is a rational desire which is often overruled by the survival instincts (like pleasure!) in the brain. However there are exercises you can implement to help that rational part of your brain stay in control and help the rational desire of self restraint. Here are three main tips:
1. Workout that Willpower!
Willpower is like a muscle. The more you use it the stronger it gets. Give yourself small activities during the day to help strengthen your resolve. You could try holding a rubber ball as long as you can, or keeping your emotions in check during a sad movie. The key is to make the challenges small as too hard of an activity will cause you to fail and become discouraged.
2. Break up large changes into smaller chunks
Because willpower is a fragile muscle, it is easy to see a large challenge as too daunting and to give up before you even try. Psychologically, breaking it up into smaller chunks that are easier to obtain will give you the confidence boost to continue on the right path, and extend the length of time you devote to your goal. The most common example of this would be a resolution of ‘working out’. If you decide to ‘workout every day’, the first time you can’t make it to the gym you can get really discouraged and break down and forget your goals all together. However if you break the time up into smaller, more obtainable chunks, like ‘I’ll go to the gym at least twice this week” you’re more likely to hit your small goal – which makes you more motivated.
3. Reward Yourself
If you ever start to feel discouraged, take time to think back on how much you’ve accomplished! People tend to beat themselves up on tasks they haven’t finished and overlook all they’ve accomplished. Try writing down all the things you’re proud of. Then you can reflect on that and remind yourself how much willpower you really have.
How to create a resolution
Now that you have a grasp on how to handle resolutions you can formulate a plan to up your security strategy for the new year. How are you going to know what type of security resolution will work best for your business?
Step 1: Identify current needs
The first step is to identify your current needs. Do you have a proper code of conduct for employees? Are there periodic audits in place to keep protocols current and make sure people are compliant? Do you have an emergency plan in case of fires, robberies, or natural disasters? Is your current location safe – doors, windows, parking lots?
Identifying your current needs will help you plan the appropriate strategy to implement in the upcoming year. Identify gaps in your current security services, make a note of any incidents that have happened, or check common industry/location problems to be aware of.
Step 2: Create Strategy
Now that you’ve identified your security needs, the next step is to find out which strategies can best handle them. For computer security, research the best security software for businesses in your industry. If you need to perform regular audits and shred sensitive materials, decide who will be responsible for that and create a regularly occurring plan. Create emergency plans and make sure all personnel have access to necessary information. Hire guards to keep grounds safe during office hours and outside office hours for sensitive/valuable materials.
Step 3: Implement Strategy / Find Assistance
Now that you’ve identified your strategy, it’s time to bring people on board and start implementing! Identify responsibilities, make sure everyone has the necessary resources, and plan a way to regularly communicate updates or issues that arise. For smaller businesses this may be better to hire an outside agency to monitor and track security services to alleviate the time on the owner and management.
Step 4: Monitor Program, Assess Results
Once you have your security services in place and implemented, continue to monitor and watch throughout the year. Remember to be flexible as your needs might change and incidents may arise. The most important aspect is that you’re staying aware of your progress and keeping your goal in mind. Your business will always improve with better security!
Who can help me with my resolution?
Having trouble coming up with a strategy? Luckily there are lots of resources that can help you. From business security magazines to strategic thinking partners, there are options out there to get you better informed about security possibilities. Try Security Magazine for online articles on security news and information, or try looking up security services companies in your area. Don’t forget to look at reviews! A good security partner will have industry knowledge, want to know the details about your business, and offer examples of successful security solutions they’ve witnessed. Check out our blog on hiring security services for your business.
Above all, stay positive and stay motivated. Your business will thrive and we want to help that happen.