By Dave Harville, Vice President of Operations
Regardless of how robust your physical security team is, personnel cannot be everywhere all the time. To a certain degree, we rely on employees to do their part in keeping the office secure and protecting company information. The hardest part about this is educating employees on how to protect both physical and intellectual assets. While the simplest solution may be to send out emails or hand out pamphlets, it’s probably the least effective. What will grab their attention and educate at the same time? Games and prizes!
Game-based learning is a fun educational tool with a high rate of retention versus traditional methods such as lectures, emails, and brochures, and the cost to the company is minimal.
Aim to create games that are interesting, interactive, and based on real- world security violations in a controlled setting, while keeping in mind that your game-design must eliminate any potential liability to the client. Employees can have a good time, earn prizes and learn about physical security all at the same time.
A large body of sociological and psychological research shows that as an influence technique, the efficacy of “gamification” is nearly unparalleled. This is why over the past decade both the marketing and education industries rushed to adopt it as a method of communication. Effective leadership means effective influence, so look at gamification as another tool to add to your tool belt of leadership skills.
If you do create a game, remember that employees may be busy. To be efficient, training should be focused. Focus on some of the most high-level issues and trends, such as social engineering, hacking, and theft of both physical and intellectual property.
About Security Industry Specialists
Founded in 1999, Security Industry Specialists, Inc. provides unique security solutions to Fortune 500 luxury brands and tech companies, special events, and celebrity clients. Our partnerships demonstrate that our boutique approach is a welcome change in an industry not typically recognized for creative solutions. Those who have experienced SIS — whether as an employee or client — will attest to the fact that there is something different about the way our employees conduct themselves and feel about their responsibilities. Ultimately, it is this commitment and drive that makes SIS the industry leader in security.