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Set up your physical access controls to return to the office safely

Employee Returning to Work After COVID-19
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Set up your physical access controls to return to the office safely

For many workers, the global pandemic has fundamentally changed how often they come into their employers’ offices and facilities. What’s happening behind the scenes is that HR, facilities and security managers are being forced to reconsider how they keep their people safe, and how they deliver secure and compliant physical access when business needs can change every day.  

In this article we will examine how RightCrowd helps companies transform physical access management to meet the challenges of hybrid working arrangements and COVID-19 safety.

Hybrid working is here to stay

The hybrid model of working implies that some workers will come into the office regularly, but not every day.

In order to manage COVID-19 risks, many hybrid teams and employees are now working in the office one week and at home the next. Alternatively, they might only access the office as required for meetings, training, or projects.

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The model requires that a worker is enabled with appropriate physical access to do their job, for the period they will be in the office. It follows that when those workers are not in the office, their physical access should be revoked for safety and security reasons.

The challenge for physical security

The management of COVID risks is now forcing organizations to apply the principle of least privilege to physical access, across the entire workforce.

For physical security teams this hybrid model of working, and the attendant COVID-19 infection risks, has highlighted the potential safety, security and compliance risks of workers with unrestricted physical access.

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COVID-19 Health Screening & Vaccination Questionnaire (RightCrowd solution)

At the same time, it has highlighted the need for physical access management process and system improvements with the potential to streamline security operations, improve security and compliance, and keep people safe.

No surprise that many organizations are now looking for new solutions to step up their control of physical access based on vaccine status, health checks, business policies and emerging regulations.

Now you can get in control

RightCrowd gives every worker, contractor and visitor the toolkit to be safe, secure and compliant when they come into the office.

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With RightCrowd you can ensure that every worker and guest has exactly the right physical access they need to do their job, every time they come into the work environment, here is how:

  1. Proactive security and compliance

    RightCrowd delivers a personalized entry experience for every category of worker and guest that needs access to sites, offices, facilities and plant.

  2. Streamlined workplace entry

    Using workflow and a business rules engine, RightCrowd delivers automated processes that ensure every access request meets COVID-19 health checks, company policy and regulations before approval.

  3. Protect workers, visitors and assets

    RightCrowd delivers a flexible, integrated mix of contactless entry solutions, mobile apps, kiosk and contact tracing wearables to streamline workplace entry and quickly respond to virus outbreaks.

  4. Enterprise Scalability

    Integrated with your access control system, the system delivers a single view of every employee, contractor and visitor for a single site or across your global locations. It can be configured to meet the unique security, language or compliance requirements demanded in each location.

In many organizations, it has been commonplace for employees and contractors to accumulate physical access with tenure. The longer someone has been around, the more areas they have access to. The global pandemic has exposed these practices as a safety, security and compliance risk.

Contact us to find out how we can help you get in control of workplace physical access management.