Working as a security guard often means standing for long periods of time or keeping watch in a call center during an all-night graveyard shift. The seemingly endless stretches of uneventful or off-hours downtime can eventually become monotonous, causing boredom or fatigue to set in. Because the main duty of security personnel is to protect and monitor people or property, they must be careful not to engage in any activity or pastime that could interfere or distract from this position. There are, however, some useful and functional things a security guard can do to liven up a dull shift.
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.
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.