With more and more offices across the UK adopting more of a flexible working approach as a result of working from home guidance from the government due to the pandemic, ensuring a reliable keyholder is in place has proven problematic for many. There are a number of serious issues this raises, detailed below.
- It is difficult to find someone suitable. Trusting your employees with the keys to the office building is a big ask – you need someone senior enough to trust, but not so senior it would interfere with their day-to-day tasks. You need someone trustworthy, who won’t lend keys out or get them copied, and someone whose hours are set to be when the office is open.
- Asking your staff to become keyholders could be unreliable – this is because of the flexibility of working from home, or the need to isolate, or annual leave requirements, meaning you’ll always need a backup keyholder should your primary keyholder be unavailable.
- You’ll need to invest in additional training to ensure your chosen keyholder is capable and confident of handling any situation that might occur. External training could prove costly, and internal training could be ineffective.
- A keyholder is required to attend should a break-in or vandalism occur to let police officers into the building to investigate. This puts additional pressure on being the responsible person to attend and it’s a big ask to require your staff to attend outside of their working hours.
To solve this, Carter Security can become a secondary keyholder for you, with an assigned SIA licensed security officer ready to respond should you need assistance. As per our BS7984 accreditation, your keys are secured safely off-site and not available to anyone without the consent of the manager on shift. We can open up and lock your business premises at the end of working hours, ensuring alarms are set when we leave.
For more information on how we can provide a reliable keyholder service, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team. We look forward to hearing from you.
If you’re looking to further your career within the security industry, please check on our website or email us an up-to-date copy of your C.V. We never subcontract, we invest in training, and we work hard to support our staff. You will need to hold a valid SIA license before applying.