Fight Boredom as a Security Guard

security guard boredomIf you are living in a remote neighborhood and if you are not aware of the offenses of the area, then you should probably hire a security guard. If you think you have the police, think again. Police personnel are not capable of preventing the occurrence of a crime incident. They can be ringed only after the occurrence of an incident. Security personal act as the first level of protection for us. Their main activities include making sure that we are safe and secure, by protecting our homes and property. They keep a vigil for trespassers and problem seekers and defend us against them.

Why causes a Security Guard Boredom?

They are available 24×7 and they sleep very little or even skip sleeping to protect our homes. They would be standing outside our homes, and have no one to interact. Eventually, they feel bored and doze off. This would become a potential threat for our safety. So, in order to maintain our safety and security, guards should be engaged in activities so that they don’t get boredom. Here are 5 tips for fighting boredom:

  1. Reading newspapers, magazines or periodicals
  2. Interacting with the neighborhood
  3. Keep moving
  4. Make a muscle
  5. Listen and Learn

Reading News Papers, Magazines and Periodicals

Security guards can be engaged by reading newspapers, magazines and periodicals. I suggest subscribing either in physical form or through e-book to security publications, so you can stay updated on the latest happenings. I recommend:

Interacting with the Neighborhood

Another way to keep the guard from going to sleep is to make the guard interact with others. This may be the pizza delivery boy, old persons, kids or the rest of the neighborhood. This is useful since the security guard will know more about the neighborhood, and can call for help during troubled times.

Keep it Moving

Moving around, getting the blood flowing and keeping one’s energy up is key to remaining alert, both physically and mentally. Walking back and forth in their designated area is always an option, though often times this can mean only a matter of a few feet and if a guard is employed at a store, business or public venue, it is likely that part of their day will include “making the rounds,” which may mean a strategic walk-through of the area they are patrolling. This common procedure usually occurs at specific times over the course of a shift. Ask your supervisor to increase your number of rounds or expand your checkpoints to include new territory. Even just adding another regulatory stroll to the ho-hum hours of the afternoon will infuse a little variety into the workday.

Make a Muscle

Almost all security and bodyguards are required to be physically fit and maintain a formidable form; though the degree of physical manpower varies depending on their experience and the needs of their employers, most professionals in this occupation practice continued fitness and make their workout routine a priority. Downtime on a job is a perfect opportunity to rejuvenate yourself in mind and body by doing a set of push-ups, jumping ripe, stretching, or even using the wall for resistance-style exercises.

Listen and Learn

Security guards need to hear what’s going on around them, so headphones or loud music is a no-no, but for desk guards and call center workers, a small radio or MP3 player on low volume may provide just the right amount of stimulation to maintain a focused, invested mindset. If it is allowed, an MP3 player or low-key listening device in one ear can provide mild entertainment while still keeping the focus on the job at hand.

Some Quality Podcasts I recommend:

  • The Southern Fried Security Podcast looks at security from the CSO and management level, which is a welcome change from the often technical-heavy security podcasts. The podcast focuses on integrating security into a business and the importance of balancing the business needs with security. Most security professionals have a hard time achieving this balance, so do your self a favor and listen to at least a few episodes of this podcast.
  • Podcast is a monthly podcast focusing on social engineering. Produced by the team that run, the podcast covers a number of topics related to social engineering. This podcast brings in some amazing guests. At first the guest’s or show topic’s relationship to social engineering might not be clear, but hang in there and the team always ties in how they relate. At its roots this podcast is about how to influence people, which is an important skill for any security professional to have. So even if you are not interested in social engineering, I still recommend you check out a few episodes of this podcast.
  • Security Justice is hands down the best security podcast ever made. This monthly podcast covers a variety of security topics but tends to lean more toward physical security and the convergence of physical and logical security. This also is the only security podcast recorded live in a bar. Because this podcast is recorded in a bar, expect bar like language that may not be safe for work.
  • Risky Business is a news show which focuses on security from down under. The host of the show, Patrick Gray, does a very good job of explaining security concepts and concerns. Patrick also has a good handle on the importance of balancing security with business requirements, something many security folks forget
  • CyberSpeak is a podcast focused on forensics. It is hosted by two formal federal agents who have spent their careers doing data forensics work. This show covers everything from basic to cutting edge forensic techniques. Whether you are a novice in forensics or an experienced forensics examiner, you will learn something from each episode.
  • ASIS Security Management Podcast is a monthly podcast containing highlights from the ASIS Security Management magazine. The magazine and podcast tend to be heavily focused on physical security, but there is some information security mixed in also. This is a great podcast if you want to learn more about physical security.

Depending on the situation, one or more of the above activities may or may not be suitable for certain situations. It is a good idea for guards to inquire about company protocol before engaging in any pastime that is not part of their primary position.

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