For Want of a Nail
Always remember, your actions (or in some cases, inaction) have consequences that affect not just you but others around you.
There is an ancient proverb that goes: For want of a nail a horseshoe was lost, for want of a horseshoe a horse went lame, for want of a horse a rider never got through, for want of a rider a message never arrived, for want of a message an army was never sent, for want of an army a battle was lost, for want of a battle a war was lost, for want of a war a kingdom fell, and all for want of a nail. Think before you act (or fail to) and those beyond yourself that may be affected by what you set in motion.
A gentle reminder, as contractors we are bound by the rules set down for us by our clients.
They have certain guidelines they want our officers to follow while working for them. The three main ones that we must deal with are:
1. The guard shall not be asked to perform other duties other than that of providing guard service.
2. Security guards are not to handle, transport, or move any agency-related material or mail.
3. Security guards will not provide access to secured space.
Let’s break down what these mean for our guards:
- Number 1 – We are security professionals (guards in the eyes of the client). We do not do other things – we are not copier repair persons, we are not delivery persons, etc. – we are there for the safety of our client, their property and their clients – we cannot do that if we are off doing other things.
- Number 2 – We do not touch State paperwork. We do not accept paperwork to be turned in, we do not hand out applications or forms, we do not accept mail or packages, etc.
- Number 3 – We do not let people into secured areas – pretty simple. We also do not give out access codes. Any worker who is supposed to be there will know the code to get in where they need to.
Visiting workers need to ask another worker to let them in.
From: Chief Nash