The Bahamian security guard: an empirical study of job motivations and working conditions

Wildgoose, Oneil J. (2016) The Bahamian security guard: an empirical study of job motivations and working conditions. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Throughout the world there is a risk of danger to property, people and organizations etc. While these dangers come in many forms, security exists with a grade of battle, protecting and unraveling assets from threats. What is known is that the security industry is vastly growing, based on a need to protect. Even small countries like the Bahamas have experienced an influx of private security firms in recent years. While this growth is an important economic factor, private security and in particular, security guards have experienced a not so promising career.
    This dissertation examined the career of Bahamian security guards with aim of studying job motivations and working conditions to determine the future of private security and ways to improve this industry. This was achieved by gathering information through semi-structured interviews with six Bahamian security guards. The research suggests that while security jobs are steadily increasing, motivation within the Bahamian security sector is degreasing based mainly on poor wages and a culture that individuals who work as security guards are considered underachievers destined for failure. Nonetheless, while the implementation of security regulations and advanced security training should improve the Bahamian security sector, security guards were convinced that all aspects of worker improvement could only occur through the earning of higher salaries and a place of recognition where they are no longer viewed as lesser.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2017 16:27
    Last Modified: 20 Jan 2017 16:27
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22765

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