Corporate online training courses

May 16, 2012 | | 0 comments |

I was just subjected to another of our company's online training courses this morning and every time I do one of these, it saps the will to live out of me. I do these courses wondering how anyone could get the questions wrong when everything is just basic common sense. You don't even need to watch the course to get the answers right - just leave it in the background somewhere and when the noise stops, check and see if it wants you to press a button.
Most of the engineers around me are of the same opinion - we just can't understand why time and money is wasted creating these courses and forcing people to sit through them.
"John wonders if he can take the code he wrote for a project in his old job and just re-use it for the current project. Is this the right thing to do?" Frankly I don't need training to tell me the answer to that one but recently we began to understand why these training courses exist. Apparently in our company there are tens of thousands of corporate drones that have so little basic intelligence that a question like that would be baffling and confusing to them. How did we find this out? An email was sent to everyone in the company by mistake, rapidly followed by an "ignore that email" followup. In the meantime, many employees had already hit 'reply to all' and posted a message along the lines of "I don't think this email was meant for me". That prompted thousands of other drones to 'reply to all' with "me too" emails to the point where corporate IT had to shut down our email system for an afternoon because it was choking on all the 'reply to all' emails.
It properly saddens me that there are so many people nowadays who seem devoid of even the most basic common sense. I'm not sure what's to blame but I'm sure that the brain-cancer that is "reality" TV is partly to blame. I'm sure there are still people that think Jersey Shore or TOWIE or WWF are all real and in no way scripted. Actually, I'm sure there are people that think those shows are somehow important, and that's probably the issue here. When personal accountability has vanished, where accident and injury lawyers can be used to pursue money for the most simple scrape or bruise, when the highest ranking shows on TV are depressing soap operas and America Can't Skate With Talentless X-Idol, I suppose it's no wonder we have to endure these vacuous online training courses.