We hit our 27th year of trading in March, time flies when you’re having fun! We’ve been updating and making more improvements to our head office again by redecorating 1 of our walls in the main office.
Our events team were out at the Cheltenham Festival from 10th – 13th March. We have also done and won some presentations in March which work will begin for later this year.
On March 18th, we held a ‘Women In Security’ brunch at Head Office to celebrate International Womens Day on 8th March. We drew 3 of our female security officers at random and delivered a big bouquet of flowers to their site. We asked our female security officrs if they would like to say anything about being a women in security and here are a few of our responses:
Fiona Griffiths, UK NSI ‘Being a female security officer, a few years ago there was a stigma attached being in a male dominated profession. I remember going for a job many years ago in a nightclub and was told they did not want women. I can only assume they felt females were not aggressive enough, (little do they know!) Being in security does harden you as a person as you have to work a lot harder, stand your ground and not be seen as weak.
We do the profession because we can do it. We’re a lot less of a threat and choose empathy over conflict. I would like to think that we have changed people’s attitudes on how female officers work but there’s still not enough of us!’
Michelle Sheils, Sunseeker International ‘I have been a security officer for 25 years now. I started off my career as a security guard, then quickly got promoted to a supervisor. A couple of years after this I was promoted again to a senior site supervisor. Originally I had a team of 10 security guards, 2 of which were female guards.. This over the years increase to 40 officers.
I am very proud of my achievements and goals in my career as a security guard. I helped my position for 18 years until I moved to Poole Dorset. I am a security guard for Man Commercial, I continue to be proud of my work in a man world’s as they say. I am the only woman here in our small team. I am very well respected, and do my job to best of my ability. Security work is very long hours, my children were small when I first started my career. It would be nice to see more women in security. More girl power is very much needed’
Rebecca Eastman, Control Room Head Office ‘I love that Man Commercial are recognising women in security. When I first joined Man back in 2012 I was only 1 of a few females. I have never been treated differently because I am a female, and MAN’s expectations of me have been the same as my male counterparts and now clients are realising that females are an asset to their companies security and embrace it. Even though I no longer work on sites but in the control room, I feel that I still make a contribution to the female workforce in security.’
These are challenging times we are all facing currently with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. MAN Commercial are classed as key workers providing our security services across many crucial sectors and our Head Office remains open 24/7. We have been extremely busy supporting our officers and clients and will continue to do so. Key workers like Security Officers are essential personnel, without whom the public could be at risk. MAN Commercial are extremely proud to be offering our services unwaveringly in the face of adversity, and are so grateful to every colleague who is helping make this happen.