How to Keep Unauthorized People Out of Your Office


Feb 10, 2009 - Office CorridorIt never fails. You or your employees are busy in the back of your office, unloading and checking in new inventory when someone comes into the reception area. Perhaps this person is a competitor or even someone who has caused some kind of a dispute with you or your secretary. Whatever the circumstances, you’ve decided that you can’t allow him or her to get into your office. Short of locking the door when you’re in the back, what do you do?

Create Alert Systems

If your back office quarters are within earshot of the front door, you can just set up a simple bell that will sound when someone opens the door. But If your business is housed in a big building, you need a louder alert to hear when someone needs to come in. You won’t hear the “ding” of a bell left on the counter, especially if you have lots of noise in your stock room. The solution is a long-range wireless doorbell. No need to tear your walls apart to install a wired doorbell.

You can find wireless bell systems that operate anywhere from 100 to 2500 feet away from the source. When you’re busy emptying those boxes in the back and ensuring that you’ve received everything you ordered, the sound of the bell will alert you that someone up front needs your assistance. Because you pride yourself on immediate and personal customer service, a quick response will help you to respond much more quickly.

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Keep the Front Door Locked

When you have valuable merchandise or confidential materials stored in the front area of your business, you may not have any choice but to lock your business’ front door when you leave. It’s not a perfect solution, especially when you rely on customers walking into your business. Make sure that you make it clear when you will return or even place your phone number on the door so that customers don’t leave frustrated.

If you are in the back and can’t leave the front door open anyway, design an attractive, tasteful sign that directs customers and vendors to ring the bell for immediate assistance. This way, they will know that you are present, but because of security concerns, you have to keep the front door locked. Some examples of businesses that might benefit from a wireless doorbell could include state government-run probation and parole offices where the staff must have the protection; therapists’ offices; legislator’s offices, where staff members might interact with angered or unbalanced constituents; or small businesses housed in a large, warehouse-type building. Because each of these types of businesses has interaction with different types of customers or clients, they will have to set up a way of enabling their customers/clients to let them know they are waiting to be allowed into the business.

Don’t miss out on business because you find it necessary to lock your front door. You shouldn’t have to force clients to miss appointments because of the few dangerous or unbalanced clients on your rolls. Install a long-range wireless doorbell and make it more convenient for everyone.

Sharon Smith blogs for If you’re looking for a way to manage the front shop while you are in the back or away from your desk, look into wireless doorbells and clear signage.