8 Ways to Stay Situationally Aware
First, what exactly is situational awareness?
"Situational awareness is the foundation of personal security," one expert claims. Officially, the term is defined as the perception of environmental elements and events with respect to time and space, the comprehension of their meaning, and the projections of their status after some variable has changed.
The key words here are perception, comprehension, and projection. Situational awareness is the greatest natural tool you alone possess in protecting yourself from physical and cyber-attacks.
What does situational awareness mean for your traveling employees?
It is extremely important for employees to practice situational awareness wherever they travel—whether it's down the road for a meeting, or across the globe for an extended stay. In today's unpredictable world, a risk management solution like NC4 Risk Center™ is absolutely critical to organizations in evaluating relevant global security and travel intelligence, analyzing risk, tracking and alerting travelers in real-time, and accessing threat data. After all, an employee can better practice personal situational awareness by first understanding the organization's exposure to risk. With an intelligence-sharing platform like Risk Center, everyone is on the same page.
Here are 8 ways an employee can stay situationally aware while traveling:
1. Don't be an easy target by drawing attention to yourself. Keep a low profile. Criminals are always on the lookout for vulnerable, naïve outsiders. As best you can, try to blend into your surroundings.
2. Communicate with your company on-the-go with a solution such as ActivPoint® to receive real-time threat information ranging from political strife to severe weather. Stay tuned into the news for evolving situations. Don't communicate information about your itinerary or where you are staying to anyone else.
3. Be aware and sensitive to the cultural context of your destination: laws, norms, and expectations. There's a reason for the time-honored phrase, When in doubt, do as the Romans do.
4. Don't assume that bad things won't happen to you! It's better to be proactive, rather than reactive. Be overly prepared. Expect problematic situations. Anticipate the worst that can happen. This doesn't mean you have to be a pessimistic downer, it simply means don't be overly confident in your own good fortune.
5. Trust your instincts.
6. Trust your company's technology. If a geo-fence is set on your mobile ActivPoint app, for example, realize it's for a reason. If you are alerted of a nearby major national demonstration which could turn violent, believe it.
7. Take care of yourself in order to remain healthy. Drink plenty of water. If you're on a business trip in a new country, it's probably not the best time to throw down tequila shots or explore a volcano by yourself. Don't be that guy!
8. Pay Attention— a deceptively simple skill. Listen. Observe. Think.
With the help of security solutions like NC4 Risk Center and its ActivTravel and ActivPoint components, access critical information and share it with the right people in real-time. At NC4 we strive to improve risk visibility and situational awareness with real-time incident alerts, updates, and global security information to prepare employees for safer travel. Choose a travel security solution that is as reliable as the world is unpredictable, and explore our solutions today.
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