Security professionals understand that securing a museum differs significantly from other facilities. Given the priceless value of many collections, diverse visitor populations, and integrity of historical buildings, museums require specialized services and professionals. This includes a significant investment in personnel, targeted security training and a proactive strategy for events and visiting exhibits. Proper levels of protection require integrated security solutions in concert with a polished, committed security force, including supervision.
According to OSHA, it’s estimated that nearly two million Americans deal with workplace violence each year. Your security team plays an integral role in workplace violence preparedness and prevention, as well as maintaining personnel safety. By working in tandem, security and organizational management can educate employees and tenants, prepare a response plan and implement preventive measures.
There are unique challenges to managing safety and security across several facilities or geographic locations. Whether the focus is on accounting for tight budgets, overseeing strict compliance regulations or implementing best practices, security is at its best when it’s consistent and streamlined.
Responsible organizations place security high on the priority list. Physical security has always been a concern and is well handled by those savvy enough to retain companies like Allied Universal to give them an across-the-board comfort level. With cyber security, however, companies are playing catch-up, with serious consequences down the road.
Stakeholder feedback is a valuable source of information that can be used to improve safety and security, and to identify and mitigate risk. In a recent survey, Allied Universal asked security industry leaders what was the most important measure of a security program’s effectiveness. They told us it was stakeholder feedback. Stakeholders may include executives, investors, employees, visitors, tenants, customers or suppliers, depending on the facility. Their feedback and engagement can help position an organization for optimal growth.
You know your teams are trained and have all required credentials. You trust that everything is up to date and your security provider is on top of it. But can you prove it? More importantly, can your security provider prove it without notice, at any time?
Security is an essential part of your business and should reflect the distinct dynamics of your particular industry. The unique culture of every organization demands a professional program that aligns security solutions and original ideas to a company's vision and mission. This requires a dedicated team of security professionals who recognize the importance of your culture and will work hard to protect your brand.
Do you know who you are partnering with when you select a security services provider? The price in the proposal and the promised services are only the start. You need to dig much deeper to uncover a suitable partner to meet your current and future security needs.
What do you think of when you think about a security officer? Is your perception tainted by Hollywood which generally paints security officers as comedic caricatures with delusions of grandeur? Do you think of security officers as “wannabe cops” who have no career path? If your answers are affirmative, I ask you to push aside these dated and inaccurate perceptions about security officers and learn what is truly involved in this critically important profession today.
The tightening labor market is good for our economy. The more Americans with jobs, the better.
But how does the current state of the labor market influence your hiring practices? As the pool of unemployed job candidates shrinks, how do you ensure that you are attracting quality personnel?