Keeping Your Commercial Property Safe

As a business owner, you understand the risks that your business faces each and every day. Even while you are not around—your company will still face the unexpected. Just because it is after hours, does not mean you do not need protection. To keep your company safe, it is important to take the proper precautions and prevention methods.

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This week, our agents are here to extend a few pieces of advice to business owners. These preventative safety measures may help to keep a target off of your commercial property.

#1: Install an alarm system. Whether you look into a blaring alarm or a silent alarm, something should be installed. This tactic will not only scare intruders away and prevent crime, but will notify the police.

#2: Lock all windows and doors. Of course you remember to lock the doors, but how about the windows? Make sure you use deadbolts where need be and remember to lock ANY entrance points. Burglars do not mind climbing into windows and you should be prepared for this type of break-in.

#3: Keep it lit. A well lit place is more likely to keep vandals away than a building that is left in the dark. It is also important to remain well lit if you have security cameras on premises. If the area is too dark, the camera may not catch any action.

#4: Keep small amounts of cash at the business and make sure it is noted on the door that you do not keep large amounts of cash on premises

#5: Try to keep the cash register visible from the outside, so people can see if anything bad is happening inside

#6: If feasible, install security cameras. If there is a break-in, vandals will be caught on camera and it will be easier to find/arrest them. And if there is an unfortunate “inside job” you will be able to determine the employee(s), address the issue and determine action.

#7: Look into commercial property insurance. Having this coverage in place, you can be sure that your building and property is protected from vandalism, crime, fire damages, electrical issues and much more.

Though these tactics will help in preventing crime and damages, they may not be enough. Your best bet is to be prepared for the worst with a solid business insurance package. Not only can you protect your building with commercial property insurance, but you can also look into commercial vehicle insurance, general liability, excess liability, and much more. Your business is far too important to become a victim to vandalism!

Promises Require Execution and Communication as a Business Owner

Are you dedicated to the mission you have established for your company? Getting your employees on board with it requires trust, communication, and a promise that success can be found through teamwork. However, if you fail to execute on your promises, your employees may see you as an untrustworthy leader. Don’t let this happen. Following through on the mission you have created will help not only your workforce, but your community see your business as reputable.


It is important as a business owner to create a culture of execution as well as trust. This can be done by getting your entire organization on board with the mission as well as learning how to follow through on goals. Here are some tips you can follow to keep your company moving forward based on your promises:

Share your mission and create a vision based on a concrete strategy. If you don’t have these in place, your employees may be lost on which direction to take.
Try assigning your team personalized missions so they can hold themselves accountable for their tasks. This shows you trust them to complete their work.
Communicate your strategy clearly and regularly so everyone is on the same page. Each employee has a role to play, so if they fail on their responsibilities, this could affect everyone’s success. However, if this is based on miscommunication, this is your fault as a leader.
Reward employees for their hard work through recognition. However, don’t make it a competition. Everyone has put in effort for change and success, so celebrate the team win.
Build relationships not only with your clients, but with your team. They are the foundation of your company, so commit to them. Show them you care and promise that you will support them no matter what. This will help create a strong bond of trust.
Treat people like you yourself would wish to be treated. If you treat them poorly, your business will surely crumble
Never ignore or reject people and their ideas. Everyone should be collaborating, so get the creativity flowing by having the team’s input.
Follow-up as quickly as you can. Offer feedback and accept it as well.
As a business owner, you are responsible for many aspects of your organization. So the last thing you want to worry about is the risks you face. At Mancuso-Nowak Insurance Agency, we hope these tip help you not only follow through on your promises, but also protect your employees fully. Having business insurance from us can help you safeguard your investment as well as attract talented, devoted workers. Let us provide you with the level of coverage you deserve!

Setting a Clear Direction and Expectations for Your Team of Dedicated Employees

Do you have a mission for your business? Whether it is in the works or a long standing statement, your employees must understand its importance. As a business owner, setting clear expectations for your team can help them understand what direction the company is going in. Also, it can give them the confidence to set goals and succeed, which will help your customers see the true value in your services.

Opportunities always come and go, so taking advantage of moments to improve and learn will only increase productivity. In addition, showing how much you care about your employee and their performance can encourage good work. But how can your team know how to be successful within your company? Here are some tips to set clear expectations:

Set up individual meetings with your employees and explain in detail what you expect from each of them. This should go along with their job descriptions and responsibilities. In addition, continue to update and communicate expectations as things change in the industry.
You should communicate what employees can expect from you as their leader. This will vary when it comes to how long an employee has been with the company.
Have your team express what they can expect from one another. This can help create a united and trusting environment.
In order to create realistic expectations, start with a vision of what you want the end result to be.
Always provide regular feedback as your employees meet expectations. This will help them learn new skills and improve along the way.
Establish an attitude of positivity throughout the office so no one feels uncomfortable or put down. Also, encourage everyone to challenge themselves to become better.
At Mancuso-Nowak Insurance Agency, we hope these tips help your company succeed to new heights. Making sure expectations are made clear can also help improve the way your business serves clients. However, although your operation may be running smoothly, that doesn’t mean risks disappear. Having business insurance from us can help you understand the unique mishaps you could face. Let our dedicated agents personalize a package to meet your needs.

Understanding Your Leadership in a Mindful, Self-Aware Way

In order to be a good leader to your company, you must be a good listener. What other characteristics should you posses? Most of the time, business owners are so absorbed with their customers, money, or other sources that they forget to focus on their own needs. Shifting your perspective to become a more self-aware leader can help you understand your own leadership better.

Self-awareness is so valuable because it gives you the ability to be conscious of what skills you have, what you can improve on, and what you still have to learn. Being honest with yourself can help you find the confidence you need to admit your own mistakes and help your company grow to its ultimate potential. Here are some tips to help you become more mindful about running your business:

Self-awareness of your strengths and weaknesses can help others trust you and increase credibility.
Acknowledging what you have yet to learn can help everyone in your organization continue to educate themselves as well.
Being mindful of your leadership can help you come to the realization that something is not working and fix the plan so it does work.
Feedback from your employees can help you become a better listener.
Ask good questions to help with everyone’s performance and demonstrate self-awareness.
Set a good example so your entire business can become self-aware. This will benefit your customers, goals, and growth.
Finding a deeper understanding of yourself can help you foster stronger relationships and build a trustworthy team. At Mancuso-Nowak Insurance Agency, we hope these tips help you accomplish your goals. To protect your new found leadership, you should also think about establishing a business insurance policy. We offer personalized services that will help safeguard you from the unique risks you face. Given the variety of options, it makes sense to choose our team, who takes the time to explain policies that pertain to your company.