Thursday, May 8, 2014

Yeah, right! -_-

Had our company training the other day Btw, I don't know if I have mentioned about trainings before, but our boss likes to give us training every now and then. When each of us joined the company, we were told that we have training once every 6 or 8 weeks. Yeah right. In reality, we're very lucky if we have it every 4 weeks. At the worst time, we have it every 2 weeks. We even had a couple of times when we had it twice in 2 weeks.  Not to mention the training they squeezed into our forever long meeting. You might think isn't it good to have training? Other companies don't even have one. Well you will be put off too if the training happens to be held earlier than your official working hour. Also, IMHO, 89 out of 100 trainings I've attended, the topics were not relevant to my department. Don't even ask me if it's relevant to accounting and design departments, but unfortunately we all have to attend most if not all of them and then do the quiz after that. Yep, there is a quiz. I got 40 on my first quiz, and I had to resit the training. There is another story about colleague who did not attend one training, but I might have to write it separately.

Anyway, I can't remember the official title of the training, but it's something to do with employee recognition and how it benefits company in terms of employee retention and productivity. Seriously, I did not expect this training to be the most relevant, interesting and close to heart to maybe 19 out of maybe 25 employees XD I usually struggle to concentrate and open my eyes, but this time I happily and excitedly took notes :P later on I found out that I wasn't the only one.

One of the point they made was that companies should recognize their companies frequently to make them feel appreciated and so they feel as part of the company and do the best work they can. They then went on to say, unlike our company, not everyone says thanks for your work, not everyone has employee recognition program that we have, and not every company takes their employee on Friday night to drinks etc. I heard about drinks from my recruitment agent when I applied for this job, and I thought it was nice, but reality is always a little bit different...

True our company say thanks for your work. I hear thanks everyday everywhere in our company. I don't know if it's company culture or we just happen to have the nicest people here. We have employee recognition program. Yes. It works like a testimonial form. You submit the testimony of someone's work and it will be read out in the meeting for everyone to hear. Then the person giving testimony and the recipient will get some points. These points will be accumulated and if you get the most points, you can get a CD, to be played on company CD player ;)) So far, nothing is wrong with this recognition program. But if you don't submit anything within late say a month, an email will be sent to you that pretty much says, "You haven't submitted anything for a month! You better submit something!" Of course in the nicer way. Do you get what I'm trying to say now? Also, later on I found out that this program is also a factor for our quarterly employee award. Someone was a great contender to get the prestigious quarterly award, but he didn't submit anything for a quarter, so superexcited decided that that person shouldn't get it. Just an FYI, it is not stated anywhere that you need to submit something during the quarter in order to be eligible for the award.

And then drinks. Once a month on Friday, we go to pub for drinks. It is not mandatory, but later on I found out too that there was some negative talks behind (by uknowho), about people who never attend the drinks. Um... One it is not mandatory, two, the people they talk about do not actually drink alcohol -_- unless you enjoy alcohol, going to pub is pretty boring :l

That's all for now! Talk to you again later :)

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