Here is another article from The Professional Security Officer magazine, and a very important one. Magzine co-founder Michael O'Sullivan brings up what may be a taboo subject to many in the industry -- bullying. Among his many good points is that remaining uninformed and keeping quiet about bullying is just about the worst thing that can be done in response to it. Kudos to O'Sullivan and TPSO for bringing the issue to the fore. -- IFPO.
Bullying in the security industry is a problem. I’ve experienced it myself. I’ve seen other people subjected to it. I’ve spoken to many colleagues who have shared their stories with me.
I’ve seen people who should have been fired, protected, and their innocent targets sacrificed instead, only for the bullying to continue with the next person!
This article is an opinion piece, drawn mostly from my own experiences and recollections from a career in the UK security industry that began in 1989.
Bullying IS a significant problem, and whether you are experiencing it directly or must deal with it from an employer’s perspective, the importance of being properly informed cannot be overstated.
Definitions exist for a reason, they provide a framework against which, actions and situations are judged and actions decided. However, no one who is being bullied needs a definition to understand what is happening. How serious can bullying be? It causes stress, destroys lives and can lead to illness and worse. As well as the effects on the individual concerned there are also the knock-on effects on their family, friends and colleagues.
Business costs in dealing with bullying are likely to be significant, especially if the employer fails in some way to deal with situations that have been reported to them.
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Mission Statement Part I.
The International Foundation for Protection Officers provides professional learning opportunities for security practitioners, to impart the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to maximize job performance and enhance career potential.
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Mission Statement Part II.
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