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Eliminating Business Risks Whilst You're Away

Are you planning a break in the next few weeks?


With the half-term holidays approaching and the ski slopes beckoning, it’s a great time of year to slip away from the long nights, short days, and the cold grey weather.


Just make sure you aren’t inviting burglars into your home or office while you’re away.


It’s so easy for thieves to spot an ‘Out of office’ automated email reply or voicemail greeting that says you’ll be away from your desk for the next few days. Then all they have to do is use their unscrupulous skills to break in, confident that they have all the time they want to make away with your treasures and secrets.


Here are some things you might not know about sneaky thieves and bold burglars.


Burglaries happen in broad daylight

We often think that burglaries take place under the cover of darkness, but most take place between 10am and 3pm – who knew thieves kept office hours?


In a way it makes sense. Strangers are much less likely to attract attention by walking up to your house or office during the day.


So, it’s a good idea to let some people you trust know when you’re away and that you aren’t expecting any visitors. You might even leave a car parked outside, to make any ne’er-do-wells have second thoughts – as long as your car is secure, of course. Make sure someone has your contact number in case anything unexpected happens.


Brightness and light

With daylight in short supply, dark properties are a sure sign that there’s nobody there. Consider using some timer switches to turn on energy efficient lights first thing in the morning or as twilight falls.


If you don’t already have them, consider installing movement sensitive outdoor lights to deter the culprits too.


Delivery delights

Mail piling up or forgotten deliveries left outside clearly say ‘we’re away’. Remember to rearrange deliveries and, if possible, ask someone to collect your mail and put it out of sight. You might also consider the Royal Mail Keepsafe service; they can hold on to your mail while you’re away and deliver it when you return.


Only share photos with your friends

While you’re enjoying yourself it’s lovely to share some special pictures with your friends, but make sure only they can see them. While social media is a wonderful way to stay in touch, if your posts are public then you might be inviting a visit from someone you don’t want in your home or office. Be sure to check your settings.


Or wave a magic wand

Another great way to create the illusion that you’re in two places at once is to have a Genie handle your calls and emails while you’re away.


Not only will it create a great impression of an efficient business, you also can have a full appointment book and a manageable Inbox when you return, so you can stay relaxed for a little bit longer.


As long as your calls can be diverted, it doesn’t take long to set it all up and then you will always have the reassurance of a Genie’s helping hand, whenever you need it.


So, if you’re heading for the hills in the next few weeks, give us a call to sprinkle some Genie sparkle so you can enjoy your well-deserved break even more.


Jacqui Frost

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Now, I can relax..

As a small business owner, it can be difficult to take time off because you still have calls coming through and you can never really relax. It was a great relief to have The Office Genie answer my calls and deal with any business enquiries as well as manage the diary for my engineers. They send me an email at the end of every day to let me know how things have been going (because you are never truly on holiday) and let me get on with my holiday. Once or twice there was an issue but The Office Genie contacted me and we sorted it out very easily over the phone. I would highly recommend The Office Genie to other business owners.

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