17 February 2009

Staff Training Day

Yesterday was our annual staff training day. It's held on a holiday each year, because it's the only time the entire staff can gather. The best part about staff training day (especially now that our lunch isn't catered by the good caterers due to budget cuts) is that our HR risk manager brings these 10 minute videos on topics like harassment, workplace violence (that was a good one), and customer service (we watch that one but we don't absorb). This year we watched five HR videos and my favorite was entitled Dealing with Difficult Citizens, starring city employees from several locations in California. It should not surprise you that the city employees of California are not particularly inspiring actors, even with Arnold as their governor. Still, the city requires us to watch them and I paid special attention so that we could all learn to be better city employees. I took notes. Here they are:

  • No Horse Play
  • Be Sober (seriously, it was printed in big letters across the screen while an office worker in California feigned drunkenness; there was also a section about being moral in which a mailman hit on someone while the voice-over instructed us about locations where it's illegal to have intimate relations)
  • Bright Colors, Not Good
  • Don't Be Moody
  • No Running in City Facilities

After watching the HR videos, we also watched this video. It's pretty amusing (try to ignore the cheesiness at the end) and the acting's a step up from the HR video instruction.

11 comments:

rebekah said...

dude, that guy was on a reality show.

MP said...

loved it!

Eliana said...

I think you will struggle with these new workplace guidelines...no running? Come on!

Breanne said...

My favorite sage advice from the HR videos was, "It's okay to laugh and be happy. EVEN in the local library."

ben said...

The guy validating people is one of the main characters in Bones a TV series starring the guy from Angel and Zooey Deschanel's sister.

MBC said...

MP--Glad you enjoyed it. I especially like the first few minutes.

Eliana--True. I do enjoy the running.

Breanne--I know! Perpetuating false stereotypes.

Rebekah and Ben--That explains so much. If he wanted to, I bet he could also have a career as an actor in HR films.

Amy said...

Why are bright colors not good?

MBC said...

"You may have a desire to wear bright colors or clothes that 'express yourself' but you work in a business environment and must uphold the professional image of the city." Or something like that.

chou said...

awww. You ARE great. :)

rebekah said...

yes, bones, that's right. at first i thought it was that fairplay joker.

Cynthia said...

I am embarrassed and joyful to report that while my husband and I watched your cheesy but delightful video, we actually both had tears (tiny and barely noticable) in our eyes, after which we validated each other and smooched in a very validating manner. Thanks!!

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