In the modern business environment, identity is becoming an increasingly important aspect of everyday operations and success. Software, systems and methods are constantly being developed which provide owners more control and insight into how worksites are operated on a day-to-day basis – allowing them to make accurate and informed decisions.
Being able to accurately identify that the right people are on the job gives a business and their clients a deeper, secure look into how their work is being carried out on site and ensures that they have the right workers on the job. This provides safety and security for the business and it’s workers, while allowing them to uphold a consistent and high quality standard of work.
Without the ability to properly identify workers, a business risks operating an unsecured and unsafe workplace, and cannot ensure the quality of the work they are paying for.
We took a deeper look into why real identity matters in the workplace, the benefits and risks associated with not knowing, and why traditional methods are becoming obsolete and invite room for error in the modern day.
The benefits of knowing that the right people are on the job, and the risk of not.
As a business owner in any industry, you want to know that you have the right people working for you. Whether you run a commercial workplace or a construction worksite, identity is now an integral part of the modern business.
With identification systems, software and methods being constantly developed, business can minimize risk on and around the workplace while ensuring consistent, quality work is being delivered. Identification plays a huge part in providing a safe, secure worksite, with workers who have the correct training, qualifications and who will uphold your companies standards and values.
With workplace incidents becoming an increasingly common occurrence on New Zealand worksites, being able to identify that workers are properly qualified and certified is a top priority for any business, especially in the construction industries.
Workplace incidents ramp up both the cost of a project and extend completion dates, so being able to accurately track workers certifications, qualifications and training goes a long way towards minimizing the risk of an accident.
Identifying the quality of a workers safety standard gives the business and clients peace of mind that their worksites are being operated to the code of standards, and gives protection to any workers working on, or about the site.
Being able to ensure the identity of your workers contributes heavily to the security of your workplace and sites. With systems such as Biometric Access Control, Pin Pads and Personal ID Cards, a business can monitor their worksites through detailed logs – ensuring only approved personnel have access, and denying access to people they wish to keep off site.
Identifying who’s been on your worksite with detailed access logs heavily reduces the risk of theft by tracking exactly who has been where, and at what time. This protects not only company assets, therefore reducing unforeseen costs, but provides a secure work environment for workers on site.
Quality of Work
Quality of work is of utmost importance for a business, and identifying that you have the correct people on the job is one way to ensure that you deliver consistent results for clients. The ability to identify the right people to work with impacts the standards of almost every area on the worksite. Through tracking worker access, activity and by staying on top of worker licenses and qualifications, a business can have direct control over the standard of conduct and work produced.
By identifying exactly who is working on any specific task, at what times and the status of that work, a business has a detailed insight into exactly how work is being carried out on their worksites. It also allows a business to have complete transparency with their workers when it comes to hours logged, so that they can ensure that invoices received are accurate in relation to the work carried out.
Why traditional methods are becoming obsolete, and invite room for error.
As with any form of technology, new identification systems and methods are consistently being developed. This has both a positive and negative effect for businesses – because, as newer systems are being developed, older systems and methods become obsolete and begin to invite room for error.
Huge strides are being made in Biometric security measures, which give a business an irrefutable identity of their workers through face and fingerprint scanning. When Biometric security is installed in the workplace a business can be 100% sure that the people on site are exactly who they are meant to be while reducing the security elements workers need to carry or remember, speeding up the overall identifying process.
However, more traditional methods such as keypad entries, swipe cards, or even paper logs offer far less accurate information and security. They may be a far cheaper option, however they offer very little in terms of value in the modern era, as can be easily bypassed, often with minimal effort. Modern methods rely heavily on irrefutable evidence, they often use a combination of authenticating methods at once which would prove nearly impossible to bypass or trick, while traditional methods usually rely on manual input and human honesty.
As further systems and methods are developed, manual identification systems will be continually phased out to make way for more secure, complex automated systems – removing the need for human input and the risk of human error or tampering.
So, we can see how real identity is an integral part to running a secure, safe and successful workplace. Knowing that the right people are on the job impacts the entire business, and is critical to ensuring that the work your company is producing is both up to the standard of your industry, and your own personal standards.
With more complex, secure systems and methods being developed, business owners should be looking to more irrefutable ways to identify and track workers, and steer away from more outdated and unsecured methods which rely too heavily on manual input.
At the end of the day – the more secure, and complex the identification method, the less risk a business exposes itself to.
Get in touch with us if you need any help or advice on your Biometric journey. If you’re looking to prioritise the integrity of your site and easily manage people, certifications, blacklists and more, you can download more information here or contact us today.