Many people have put together information on what people can expect with security guard training; however, not too many offer much information on what they can expect afterwards. What you can find is some basic information about general job duties and a lukewarm good luck hire security. Unfortunately, this information leaves new people empty handed for any good advice for starting their job. To help fill this void, we will provide some of that information here.
This is more of an issue for those who will work for a company or a non securities firm. Many employers will not understand that while you are standing around or chatting you are doing an important part of your job which is visual deterrence. This is why it is important that they see you doing something when they come around. This doesn’t have to be anything major but it is important to look busy so that they feel your contract is justified. This is another way of making sure the client is happy. By taking away something that may irk them, you help improve your worth in their eyes.
Basically, your post orders are what determine your job responsibilities. Where you can get into trouble is when you go outside these orders. This is where you are exposed and could risk getting fired. Nobody really talks about this issue but you need to know about it. When you do things outside your specific post orders, you can either give the employer the justification to fire you by providing them with a legitimate reason to do so or you could cause their insurance premiums to rise. If this happens, they will often fire security guards to address this issue. For this reason, the best advice anyone can give you is stick to your post orders and avoid contract creep.
Many people make the mistake of thinking their job is to protect someone. However, this is seldom the case. As mentioned above, unless it is directly mentioned in your post orders, it is not your responsibility. Your job is instead to create a physical deterrence and to detect crime but not normally to intercede. An appreciation of this issue can help you avoid a lot of legal liability issues and keep you in the good graces of your employer.