A HR training course, almost 2wks of company time WASTED and NOTHING ACHIEVED (Blog #38)

bored employee completing a HR course

One of the most frustrating things that can be said to me in regards to my whole 10 Years and 9 Jobs’ mission is when someone comes up to me and says, “Mimoza, what you’re talking about is what HR does.” I simply think to myself – here we go, another person that I just have to save. However, I must admit every time I get this comment it does inspire me to push my message and cause even more.

As you’d know from previous blog posts especially blog post #7 – 4 HR culture building activities that don’t work, I have yet to be exposed to a HR department that has actually done something to influence work culture in any way. It just seems as though the approach used is a “let’s just get these things ticked off our list so it looks like we’re doing something” approach, wasting time and making no difference to work culture in the process.

And here’s one very real example for you.

There we were working away like a freaking mad house. People within my team were skipping lunches, working until 11pm at night and working on the weekend started to become a norm. People were in tears, stressed to the point where they started to look like characters from “Night of the Living Dead” and people started resigning on a weekly basis, some to no new job. They just wanted to get the hell out of there. And with every person that left, the people that remained, including myself, were left feeling envious of how they never had to come back to that hellhole again.

Amidst all this out come HR with a 45 min training course for the whole company to complete to bring us all up-to-date on what’s considered harassment, bullying, etc. at work.

We all started to do it as there was a bit of pressure from HR to get it done as it was important for them to have this ticked off their list. And as a work colleague was doing it I remember when she turned over to me and said: “This is an absolute joke! So many things that are happening here in our team every day, according to this training course, easily falls under bullying. How’s this going to change anything?”

So we eventually all got it done. But the main question here is – What did it achieve? What changed?

The time that it took everyone in my team to complete was about 45 min. The number of people in the organisation was about 80, I’d probably say a bit more, but let’s keep it at 80 for the sake of this calculation.

45 mins x 80 people / 60 mins (to work out the total number of hours spent) = 60 hours which is about 1.6 week’s worth of work. 15 hours short of a full 2 week’s worth of work. Each week containing 37.5 hours.

And this calculation is also being quite generous as it doesn’t factor in the time HR spent in organising and implementing this training course.

What did this HR training course change?

Did it change the way people were treated?
No!

Did it change anything about the poisonous environment we were in?
No!

Did it do anything about the severe issues my team was experiencing?
No!

Was it worth 60 hours of the company’s time?
Hell NO!

Especially for a company that apparently was so strapped for time that people within my team were missing out on lunch, staying back until 11pm and working weekends non-stop.

And there we were wasting 60 hours on something that did nothing for us only to add a tick to the HR’s to-do list.

It never seizes to blow my mind on how many so-called experts simply don’t have a clue about what actually impacts work culture on a daily basis.

Blog Tip #38 – But this is where YOU can make a difference and get many steps ahead of all those industry experts that put out culture building activities that achieve nothing.

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Mimoza

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