A Serious Consideration
Cyber security is about more than just firewalls, software patches, and antivirus protocols. There’s a clear human element that can’t be ignored. When employees are satisfied, they’re more likely to be security conscious. However, when they’re disgruntled, burnt out, or irritated, that’s not going to be the case. High rates of retention put your company at risk for IT breaches.
Steps to Prevent Burnout and Protect Security
A lot of things can be done, thankfully, to keep employee burnout from being constant. Granted, it’s impossible to stop all people from having issues; but you can reduce the trend and keep good workers around more securely, and for a longer time. Here are a few ways you might approach the issue:
Keep Tabs on Your Employees to Know How They’re Doing
Employees are human beings, not resources. Yes, they’re called human resources, and this often plays a part in transforming them from individual to impersonal statistic. However, if you treat them like a gear in a machine, don’t be surprised if they neither show initiative nor care for things like security. Even a machine needs greased, periodic maintenance, and time when it’s not on at full capacity. How much more so, when it comes to humans!
So check in with your staff to make sure everybody’s doing well, and the work they’re doing isn’t weighing them down. Know what their productivity thresholds are, and don’t push things too hard. Find ways of checking in with each employee on your team at intervals.
Provide Them Enough Time to Pursue Life, and Don’t Intrude
Cyber security benefits from individuals working who are able to give their job its full attention. You can’t get total productivity out of an individual without a few breaks here and again. In fact, studies have shown that balanced breaks actually expedite productivity.
Now that study concerns day-to-day work. There’s more to reprieve than just a lunch break or an idle 15 minutes here and there. People need to have room to live. Allow them to have a few weeks off a year; maybe as much as two months, depending on your operation. When they’re not at the office, leave them be.
Don’t Micromanage Your Personnel
Micromanaging your workforce will make them angry, disgruntled, and serve to burn them out as they stress over their job owing to the managerial eyes constantly peering over their shoulders. Micromanagement is a bad idea in general.
If you can’t trust them to get work done without you watching over their shoulder, why did you hire them? Micromanagers aren’t as productive as those who can trust their employees to get the work done independently. A micromanager is also a lot likely to cause employee burnout, and then they’re not going to be secure online, or as they interact with your IT generally.
Comprehensive Solutions for Security and Employee Satisfaction
Our cyber security professionals at Total Technology Solutions can directly assist you in acquiring and managing technology efficiently as regards security, scaling, and many other functions of IT. Additionally, we can help you collaterally secure the premises by assuring employee satisfaction outpaces burnout. Give them time off, check in on them, and don’t micromanage. And for more tips on technology and safeguarding operations from the human element, feel free to contact us.