October 19, 2020

Offering flexibility and scope in choice of equipment to enthuse individuals in their Data Security role

Different individuals are driven by different motives. For some, the idea of being able to upgrade or individualise their equipment (computer, phone, mobile, office, filing cabinet, coffee machine... whatever) is key to their immediate personal aims. This could be because they already have met their needs for learning, or money, or time off - and simply want a workplace that better suits their individual tastes.

This also might be more appropriate to people who have demonstrated that they do know about the data security requirements, but can be used to reward those that actually use what they have learned to effectively save themselves and the organisation from getting into a very bad situation such as a data breach or inappropriate behaviour.

As always, the financial cost/benefit of this approach needs to be addressed. If used for encouraging initial uptake or, especially, for ongoing use of the data security knowledge, the benefits are clear. Every data security issue that is correctly addressed represents a saving to the organisation of money, time, effort and a reduction of stress and distraction and adds to the ability to demonstrate good data handling to clients, staff and suppliers. Get these issues wrong and the cost is far and away more than the cost of replacing a computer or providing a coffee machine.

This is one of a series of blogs on how to optimise your Data Security Controls by focusing on individual interests:

1) Introduction: Introduction to string of blogs on how to encourage individuals to take data security seriously and apply it with enthusiasm
2) Staff Benefits: How do you appeal to individuals to encourage them to adopt and develop the data security system requirements with enthusiasm.
3) Business Benefits: The Business benefits of getting good data security controls - as a contrast to the benefits accruing to the individuals involved.
4) Salary Impact: Some people may be influenced by money and be encouraged to learn more if this is reflected in the reward structure.
5) Work Reduction: Some individuals react to the idea that they will have less work to do if they set things up well in the first place - it certainly is true for data security.
6) Bonus Payments: Where money is a key driver, but a change in salary is not possible, maybe a bonus system can be used instead to enthuse people into learning more about data security.
7) Tailored Training: Some people react well to being offered additional or specialised training - possibly with additional side benefits - whatever it may take to enthuse them to absorb data security awareness.
8) Choice of Equipment: Some people may choose to improve their working environment and this can be a method to enthuse people about data security too.
9) Holidays: Some people enjoy time off - and the ability to earn some spare hours may be sufficient to enthuse people about data security enough to earn them.
10) Moral Compass: Some people are driven more by their moral compass than whether they are paid more money or have time off. These are key people in your organisation as they will help steer the straight and narrow path.

Your feedback and contributions would be welcome to help to hone these ideas for all to benefit from - please contact us via the https://securebusinessdata.co.uk/contact or call us on 0345 600 6975.

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