It used to be that a disgruntled employee might sabotage the company by damaging equipment or stealing important papers. It was clear what needed to be guarded.
But nowadays, the same employee can wreak far more vengeance while sitting quietly at a computer.
New threats call for new precautions. Are your company’s sabotage/prevention procedures keeping up with technology?
Effective management practices
Well-managed companies have fewer disgruntled employees who might seek to harm the company. The following practices will help achieve this aim:
Security procedures at time of termination
The steps you take for security at the time of a termination are critical to preventing sabotage. While some of these measures may seem extreme, it is the loophole that may get exploited.
Achieving zero sabotage requires implementing 100 percent security. Here are some recommended practices:
Terminating high-level IT employees
Often, disgruntled employees who commit electronic sabotage are high-level employees in the IT department who have special expertise and access to the company’s systems. This can present serious challenges, especially when no one else on staff has the technological knowledge to disable that person’s access.
The solution is to hire an IT consulting firm to look for and shut down any remote or backdoor access that the employee has created. You may need to conduct the termination meeting off-site so the employee does not get suspicious of the consultant’s presence.
A final general consideration is that you should train all staff on e-security practices on a regular basis. This includes:
If you ensure that your managers have and use good people-management skills, terminating disgruntled employees should be minimized. If you follow the practices outlined above to deny opportunity when terminations occur, electronic sabotage should not be a major problem for your company.
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