‘What is the Value of Security in the Workplace?’: New survey launched by Perpetuity Research

Professor Martin Gill

Professor Martin Gill

As part of the Security Research Initiative (SRI), Perpetuity Research has launched a dedicated and detailed survey in a bold bid to fully understand how effective and efficient security does help – and, indeed, could be assisting – other areas of a given host business.

Most organisations agree that well-structured and executed security is a requirement in the workplace to both prevent and help respond to crime but what, if any, are the wider benefits reaped by security for other corporate departments such as Human Resources, Sales and Marketing, Finance, Legal, Procurement and Operations?

Does good security tangibly assist host organisations in caring for members of staff and increasing their productivity? Does good security genuinely realise a competitive edge for the business, and does it help generate a profit?

The focus of this year’s SRI studies is to establish the broader benefits of security. Perpetuity Research will be assessing the contribution that security makes to issues such as staff well-being, company reputation and brand, trust in the business, general business process, Corporate Social Responsibility, the realisation of monetary profit and the generation of commercial advantage.

Ultimately, the intention is that this latest detailed research will enable a clear picture of the true value of security from an entirely new evidence base.

Perpetuity Research will be progressing this study throughout the year, speaking all the while to security professionals and those from other business functions previously mentioned in order to fully understand how security helps them in their roles.

“This is an extremely important piece of work that has the potential to add new insights in terms of what security really does offer to the business community,” explained Professor Martin Gill, director of Perpetuity Research.

If you’re a security professional (or a professional working in one of the other corporate departments listed) and would like to add your views to this survey, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SecurityValue

The survey is anonymous and only takes around ten minutes to complete. Findings will be made available to all participants.

*Deadline for responses is Friday 13 March 2015.

**For further information about the Security Research Initiative visit: http://www.perpetuityresearch.com/security-research-initiative

***You can contact the research team direct via e-mail at: prci@perpetuityresearch.com or (telephone) 01892 538690

SRI projects: the detail to date

Security Research Initiative Phase 3

Year 3: Aspiring to Excellence

What are the most important characteristics of an excellent Corporate Security Department? What makes an excellent security supplier? This SRI report explores the characteristics needed to achieve outstanding performance as rated by both corporate security personnel and security suppliers.

Views were also garnered on whether excellence in security is actually being achieved in practice. While overall the two groups shared similar views, there are some striking differences.

For a copy of the findings click here. 

Year 2: Bundled versus Single Service Security 

This study is based on interviews with the suppliers and procurers of security services and looks at the benefits and drawbacks of providing security as a ‘single service’ or as part of a ‘bundle’ alongside traditional FM services.

The report identifies a range of drivers that determine success or failure in outsourcing arrangements.

For more information and a copy of the report click here. 

Year 1: The Security Sector in Perspective

A study identifying how individuals from the security sector view the current state of the sector and their perspectives on economic and regulatory changes.

The key feature of this study was to design and administer an online survey of the security sector, completed anonymously and by three main groups: the directors and managers of companies supplying security, the procurers of security services (security managers, facilities managers and procurement specialists) and security officers/supervisors of security officers.

For more information and a copy of the report click here.

Security Research Initiative Phase 2

Year 3: Procuring Security Toolkit

This is the second of two toolkits produced by Perpetuity Research for the SRI and provides guidance and recommendations on how best to manage the process of procuring security.

More detailed information is available on the SRI toolkit page. 

Year 2: Partnership Working between the Police and Private Security

This research looks at how the police and private security industry work together and how the police and corporate security work in partnership in order to identify the barriers preventing effective partnership initiatives and to establish what opportunities exist.

Cuts to public spending make this research extremely timely and the findings provided valuable insights.

For more information and a copy of the report click here. 

Year 1: Security Strategy Toolkit

This is the first of two toolkits produced for the SRI. It aims to help companies both improve and develop their security strategy.

Again, more detailed information is available on the SRI toolkit page.

Security Research Initiative Phase 1 

Year 3: Organisational Perspectives on the Value of Security

This study was undertaken to gain a better understanding of the view of the security function from those in senior management positions within organisations but not those specialising in security.

Not only was security commonly considered as an important function within an organisation, but it was felt to make an exceptional contribution to the success of a given business.

For more information and a copy of the report click here.

Year 2: Demonstrating the Value of Security

Following the work undertaken in the first year of Phase 1, procurers noted that one of the problems for the security sector was that it did not show how it added value and therefore tended to be viewed as an unwelcome cost.

Consequently, this research focused on the extent to which security could and does add value. It highlights the various methodologies that can be used to show value, specifically in economic advantages, and gives security professionals’ own views on their contributions to the company.

For more information and a copy of the report click here. 

Year 1: Introduction to Purchasing Security

This report provides a briefing on purchasing from the security sector and is intended to inform both procurement and security professionals of the common aspects of good practice in buying security services.

The objective of this piece of research was to address the gulf between the views of security and procurement professionals. This report was co-written with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

For more information and a copy of the report click here.

Reducing the impact of serious organised crime in local communities

In addition, Perpetuity Research and The Police Foundation are running a two-year project which will focus on helping the police and their partners to work towards identifying strategies aimed at reducing the impact of serious organised crime in local communities.

As volume crime continues to fall, concern about serious organised crime – which is costly, harmful and widespread – is rising. Organised crime targets the most vulnerable people and communities.

With cuts in police funding likely to reduce still further the allocation of resources for tackling organised crime in local communities, there’s an urgent need to provide a systematic assessment of the scale, nature and impact of organised crime on a local basis in order to raise awareness of the harm it causes and assess the effectiveness of mitgating responses. 

Stage 1 of the project will focus on improving understanding of the impact of organised crime on vulnerable people and communities and will assess how effectively this threat is tackled locally. Stage 2 will use the research findings to develop tools to help policing agencies more effectively tackle organised crime.

The lessons learned will be used to develop a follow-up demonstration project.

Funded by an independent grant, the project began in April 2014. It presents an exciting opportunity for Perpetuity Research and The Police Foundation to work closely and collaboratively with the police and their partners in bringing about positive changes on the ground.

*To find out more about this research download the project summary

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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