Imagine you have begun the process of hiring security guards for your business.
What comes to mind when you think of the traits, both physical and mental, that should be present in the person you wish to hire? Do you instantly picture a big, burly male whose mere presence will intimidate any perpetrator (and possibly your customers)?
Before you jump to the conclusion that bigger is better, consider the needs of your business and what you really need in a security guard.
Consider Your Clientele
First of all, you need to assess the needs of your business and clientele.
In certain businesses, such as bars and nightclubs, it may be necessary to hire the stereotypical burly guard. Other businesses, meanwhile, may benefit from a subtler presence.
For those looking for guards to protect assets at a retail store, for example, blending in with one’s surroundings may be key in catching shoplifters. A large, apparent security presence may be intimidating to shoplifters. It may also create discomfort in shoppers, making them less likely to frequent your store.
In today’s high crime society, more businesses are choosing to secure and protect their assets, employees, and customers by hiring trained security guards. Thus, there is a need for various types of guards depending upon the needs and preferences of a particular business.
What Kind of Skill Do You Need?
When considering what type of security guard is the right fit for your business, it is important to determine what training and skills your new hire must possess.
For some businesses, physical skills such as the ability to outrun and overcome a criminal, provide crowd control or function as a bouncer for patrons who get a bit too rowdy will be of utmost importance.
For others, it will be more important that the guards possess mental strength to protect self and others. Often times, these guards have been extensively trained in various self-defense tactics or martial arts. While they may not appear intimidating outwardly, they can certainly protect self and others in an emergency situation.
Additionally, be sure to consider which guard will maintain their cool during an altercation. For those who are adept in mental fitness, it is more likely that a situation can be mediated without force. Guards skilled at peacefully mediating situations will be of great benefit to any business or organization.
How Will a Guard Represent My Business?
It is important that the employees representing your business show positive behavior and professionalism. This is no different with guards.
Their behavior will impact the reputation of your business as they represent you. Thus, it is of critical importance that the person is both skilled at their job, as well as respectful, professional, and courteous to others.
Does the Guard Meet Legal Requirements for Age and Training?
Before hiring a security guard, it is important to investigate their training. It is crucial that they meet the legal requirements of your state and have received proper certification to be employed in the security field. Additionally, it is important to check appropriate documents to certify that the potential guard is of legal age to obtain a job in security.
The Importance of Communication
It’s important that your guards are able to interact in a professional, respectful manner. They should present themselves in a way that earns the respect of those around them. The right guard for you should be able to effectively communicate with others in an appropriate manner.
In short, before picking a guard based merely off preconceived notions, take time to research what you need. Don’t rush the process of hiring security guards.