I recently read an article from Forbes, “14 Things You Should do at the Start of Every Work Day” where it states, “the first few hours of the work day can have a significant effect on your level of productivity over the following eight—so it’s important you have a morning routine that sets you up for success.”
While reading this article, I quickly realized no matter what industry you work in or position you hold, a bad start to your morning creates a domino effect for the rest of the day and potentially for your colleagues as well.
For management working in the security field, making themselves available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week has become the norm. Nonetheless, “having a good start to the day where you have greater control is critical in achieving better results, and ultimately greater career success,” says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant. Managing your time and controlling your schedule becomes essential.
For field personnel, it is industry protocol for a security guard to make it to work 15 minutes prior to the start of their shift. Taking proactive measures and checking the weather conditions, road closures, and traffic to ensure diligence in the preparation and organization of your day is fundamental to a successful daily start. Arriving on time, gives a chance for the security guard on shift to brief the relieving guard on any prior incidents or activities. In addition, a security guard is the first person seen when entering the premises. Thus professionalism, deportment and customer service is critical for our clients’ employees when starting their day positively.
Sometimes we are so focused on advancing ourselves, that we tend to forget about the fundamentals. Set yourself up for success, and have a great morning!