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Friday, February 5, 2016

Why can't Loss Prevention think like Guards?

Seems everyone is in agreement that finding the right talent to fill LP Detective positions is a challenge.  Most people do not even know what the position is unless a friend tells them. You rarely seeing any communication on hiring for these positions and for sure, no training is offered.

Why is Loss Prevention behind the uniform guard business?  In every State, an individual that wants to become a uniform guard needs to complete mandated training.  In California the requirement is 40 hours of training the first year. In addition to the training, the individual needs to be fingerprinted and a back ground check completed.  All this to guard a construction site?

So, unlike guards....Loss Prevention employees require no background checks, no training, no drug test.....that would be NOTHING !!!  An LP Detective will effect arrests, write reports, testify in court and work with the police, all with no required training.

The Loss Prevention industry needs to think outside the box and not wait for State legislators to mandate training.  Make basic LP Detective training a requirement before they can be considered for a position.  Move the training from the employer to the employee as a means to have basic LP concepts already trained, along with the costs.  If needed, reimburse the employee for the cost of training if they maintain employment for 3 months.

Loss Prevention is behind....We need to think more like guards.

Enjoy,

Steve


LPDT, LLC offers the only E-Learning training for Retail Loss Prevention at www.LossPreventionAcademy.com and www.WZAcademy.com Check out our awareness posters for shortage and safety at www.LPPosters.com. You can follow us on Twitter under LPACADEMYcom and Facebook under Loss Prevention Academy.

Friday, January 8, 2016

What is new at the Academy(s)???

Happy 2016.  Hope everyone's holidays were good.  2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the Academy(s).  Yes, that is plural....we have 2 now we are involved in.


We have worked with the group at Wicklander-Zulawski (WZ) to tailor a 10 hour, online course sharing their non-confrontational skills aimed at the Human Resources/Employee Relations group. Why?  Well...this group often is challenged to complete investigations and conduct interviews in areas involving sexual harassment, time fraud, work place violence etc.  As with Retail Loss Prevention, the skills to complete these interviews are learned and need to be developed over the years.  This online course is an excellent start to developing those skills.  The great news is that the course has been approved by HRCI and SHRM as 10 continuing education credits for those designations.

Now, you will be able to see the Loss Prevention course and the Human Resources/Employee Relations course at a new site, www.WZAcademy.com. The WZ Academy is a central housing site for all of the WZ distance learning, whether they be webinars, one hour courses or their two, 10 hour courses.

Online training offers the trainee the opportunity to receive their training based on their schedule and location.  All that is required is a computer and an internet connection.

So, that is our latest news.  Please stop by the WZ Academy http://www.wzacademy.com/ and check it out.

Hope everyone has an awesome 2016...

Steve


LPDT, LLC offers the only E-Learning training for Retail Loss Prevention at www.LossPreventionAcademy.com. In addition, we offer a FREE job search tool for Loss Prevention at www.LPjobsFREE.com. Check out our awareness posters for shortage and safety at www.LPPosters.com. You can follow us on Twitter under LPACADEMYcom and Facebook under Loss Prevention Academy.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

HR/ER Professionals trained to "Get the Truth"?

Among many hats they must wear, HR/ER professionals are being tasked to complete investigations for various reasons within their company.  Sexual Harassment Investigations, Work Place Violence, Time Fraud to name a few.

Do they have the skill sets to complete these investigations and obtain the truth?

Interviewing and Interrogating an associate to get the truth is a learned skill set and can take many years to develop and master. Knowing how to prep a room before the interview, how to read body language, the path of denials and how to overcome them, expanding the admission and preserving the statement are learned skills. One may obtain some tips via a mentor and sitting in on actual interviews will help learn the process.  The other, obtain some formal training.
www.WZAcademy.com

Wicklander-Zulawski (WZ) are the industry leaders in teaching how to interview and interrogate to get the truth in a non-confrontational way. In addition to their seminars, WZ now has (2) 10 hour, distance learning courses available for those that live remotely, unable to make it to a seminar or want a refresher course. You can see the course's description and register at www.WZAcademy.com.

Online allows the trainee the opportunity to complete the course based on their time and schedule.

Hope your week is good.

Steve

LPDT, LLC offers the only E-Learning training for Retail Loss Prevention at www.LossPreventionAcademy.com and www.WZAcademy.com. Check out our awareness posters for shortage and safety at www.LPPosters.com. You can follow us on Twitter under LPACADEMYcom and Facebook under Loss Prevention Academy.

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