Taken any training classes recently? Being in IT we take classes every year to keep abreast of the new technology, even if it’s only to learn a new Microsoft operating system that will be gone in three years. We also get management courses. How to manage people, projects, time, whatever. The instructors aren’t called “instructors” or “teachers” anymore. They are called “facilitators”. I like asking them where the facilities are.
There are mandatory “special” classes, like the one we all had to take on sexual harassment. I think most folks come by this one naturally, but I guess some have to be trained to be good at it. We had to take a “diversity” class once. I didn’t know they could teach this. My dad was Polish and my mother was Italian, so I’m naturally diverse. Do they have degrees in this? Ed Albetski, Doctor of Diversity. I could get a post-retirement job facilitating diversity courses.
We actually had a mandatory class on Chair Safety. I think someone fell on his head trying to sit in one of those ergonomic contraptions. Must have been a manager. If a clerk hit his head, I doubt we would all have had to attend a class. Someone pulled a paper towel out of one of those dispensers in the restroom once and the dispenser came off the wall and hit her in the head. Since this was a hardware problem and not user-based, we didn’t get a class on restroom safety. We were looking forward to it though.
We did a “team building” thing once. You know, they split you up in groups and give you challenges that force you to cooperate to succeed. We nearly pulled this heavy guy’s arms off trying to get him up and over a wall. Eventually the facilitator let him walk around. The training facility only had sandwiches for lunch and one of the women was a Vegan. Someone made a crack about vegetables not being food, but being what food eats, and the whole thing turned into a Remedial Diversity session. Maybe they just should have given us all a book on the subject…
Has anyone else had interesting (i.e.: Dilbert-like)Government training experiences?