In light of International Women’s Day today, we wanted to showcase the experiences and stories of some of our female members in the security industry here at Red Badge. Checkout their stories below!
Kia Ora my name is Hayleigh, I am married to Chris and mum to 11 month old Maggie May. I was born and raised in Tauranga and am 1 of 5 girls. I have worked in HR roles in lots of different industries from local government, retail and dairy. I recently joined Red Badge back in September because I wanted to work for a people focused company, and this role was a great career opportunity for me. I also really liked the leaders, the brand the company represented and the reputation it has in our communities.
In my short time being here I have had lots of moments that remind me of why I made the decision to join Red Badge was the right one. Working in a service-based company means we have lots of positive feedback around the work our staff do protecting people and property. The moment that sticks out for me most was when I volunteered at the Red Hot Chili Peppers event and had to sign in 500 staff. I loved seeing the excitement in the atmosphere, and the family and tightknit vibe that existed. I’m really proud of the Red Badge way – we definitely offer a different level of service compared to our competitors.
My personal goal is to work in a role that fills my cup, and where I get excited to come to work each day. I can confidently say that I get to live this everyday here at Red Badge. The people here are what I enjoy most about my role, also the supportive environment and having a great manager. As Head of People and Culture, I ultimately want our leaders to feel confident in managing their teams effectively and I want all our staff to feel heard.
My role here at Red Badge is to look after customers that come into the centre. My job is to make sure they get the information they need and to have a positive experience. Prior to working for Red Badge, I was a full-time mum of 6 children, age ranging from 21 to 11.
Providing professional customer service is important to me, and I think my culture plays a big part of this. It’s about manaakitanga (showing respect and care for people), and making sure the people who visit the Centre, and especially the nani’s and koro’s, are looked after – and I love that part of my job.
I initially joined Red Badge because I wanted to look after people while they were at a concert. I love ‘people watching’, connecting with people and keeping people safe. Since being at Red Badge I’ve surprisingly found that I love my job, especially connecting with strangers. I also like flipping the script on what people think security guards are through my positive and customer service approach. It starts with me – if I provide a warm welcome to people and give them the information they need to get to the front desk without the hassle, I know I’m doing my job right.
I joined Red Badge for a short stint in 2020 when they were in need of Security Managers to work in the Managed Isolation Facilities, supporting the hotels being used for kiwis returning home that needed to complete their isolation period before being released into the wild.
I loved the challenging, fast paced, ever changing environment that this offered and was privileged to see this through to the end. Luckily for me the timing was perfect and another opportunity with Red Badge became available.
I really enjoy working closely with our valued clients and staff and the variety that Red Security offers. Every day is different and certainly not boring!