Many companies require periodic employee training. My personal experience has shown me that most people have little patience for required classes. I like to think of it as furthering my education on the company’s dime. I’m open to learning something new. That’s the purpose of training – to teach you something new or to update you on what you already do.
I recently completed my agency training for the year. I was trained and tested on Bloodborne Pathogens and Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls. The two web classes took me about an hour to complete, and the tests only took a few minutes each. While these don’t sound like your typical job training topics, they both have merit.
The Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls training that I just completed brings safety issues such as open file drawers to our attention. No one in the aforementioned office thought a thing about leaving that top file drawer open for a few minutes. We never dreamed our beloved boss would nearly be knocked out by such a thing.
We’ve been taking Bloodborne Pathogens training and tests at my agency since well before I started working for them nearly a decade ago. The agency requires we take it because they want us to know what to do if someone is injured and bodily fluids are spilled. Since my coworkers use power tools, it’s valid training for us. The agency requires Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls training and testing because there are many potential safety hazards that most people don’t naturally consider.
No matter how silly the training may seem, companies have reasons for paying for such things. If my employer wants me to be trained in a certain area, why would I refuse more education? I might learn something valuable. Thank you for reading Ozarks Maven! If you’ve enjoyed my little seeds of wisdom and joy, please subscribe to Ozarks Maven, Like Ozarks Maven on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter @OzarksMaven.
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