5 things Spock would say about online safety training

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Online safety training is gaining a lot of ground in educational agencies. One of the reasons is that the retiring, less-tech, generation is being replaced with the tech savvy 20 something.  For those of us who need a little help getting along with this new method of training, here are 6 wisdom’s from the great Spock.

“I’m afraid that’s illogical captain”

One of the complaints that I hear a lot is that online safety training isn’t effective at teaching the concepts.  Unfortunately, in today’s world, most of us are well adapted at learning online.  We watch Youtube how-to videos, read instructions online.  Thinking that online safety training won’t work is just illogical.

“Change is the essential process of all existence”

The only thing constant is change.  With the budget cuts and increasing demands on our time we must adapt to new ways of doing business and that means we need to integrate online safety training into the mix.

“Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them.”

Computers are great for many reasons, they don’t get emotional, they stay up all night, they don’t give up, and they won’t pass you because they are tired of listening to you.  We humans do get tired, bored and aggravated at saying the same thing over and over.  Let the computer deliver a clear, concise and consistent message – time and time and time again.

“It is curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want.”

Let’s face it, no matter how many times you give a presentation there is always one person in the crowd that walks away from the training with the wrong impression.  Heck, you may even change your presentation from time to time.  Online safety training gives the same presentation time and time again.  If there is any chance of misconception, a person can just watch it again.

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.”

Saving and protecting lives is the aim of safety training and not delivering it because one person is on vacation is simple madness.  But paying to host live training over and over again can be just as maddening and very costly. As risk managers, we need to protect and serve the most people that we can.  That means that the one person who missed training can go online and bring themselves up to speed.

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