In emergency situations, a quality security program is a vital resource. Weather-related emergencies have been frequent and treacherous this season, even in parts of the country where winter storms are rare. It is important to have contingency plans, regardless of location, to ensure the safety of employees, the continuation of operations and a consistent security presence.
President Obama’s State of the Union address focused on a critical issue facing our nation – long term unemployment. This issue is of concern to business leaders and individuals alike. And, regardless of political beliefs, the support for this topic is resonating across America. I was honored to participate in President Obama’s forum for CEOs on long-term unemployment last week.
Before the advent of smartphones, planting covert listening devices was the most popular way to illegally record content from a private meeting. Today, with an estimated 130 million smartphones in use in the United States, every user has the potential to be a covert meeting operative with their own Wi-Fi receiver, camera, audio recorder, keyboard and computer at their disposal.
We know we’re all way too busy, but every executive protection agent has at least some downtime, some time. This includes in-house and outsourced FTEs, and folks working both executive protection and residential details.
For the first time in history we have four different generations working side-by-side. As we evolve to meet the nuances of this multi-generational workforce, it is important to recognize how this has shifted workplace demographics, recruitment and retention programs, and corporate culture.
The security services industry has evolved tremendously over the last few decades. We have witnessed the important transition from security guard to security officer; an increased emphasis on safety and customer service; advancements in training and career development, and the introduction of technology as part of the total security solution.