The company I work for has all kinds of mandatory on-line training modules we have to take, or else face the threat of swift unemployment. Most of these fall under categories such as ethics, sensitivity, workplace harassment or things like that.
This is all fine and good, but as I was taking my mandatory workplace harassment training recently, I found myself wondering if there are actually people out there who need this training. The video vignettes they show, present situations that are so blindingly obvious as to who is the bad guy and the behavior that is inappropriate, that it is hard to believe that there are people out there who don’t have a clue that their behavior is that boorish.
On the other hand, there must be people out there like that, or the rest of us wouldn’t be forced to take the training.
And then I wonder if those people are so clueless that they are incapable of recognizing themselves in the training videos.