Time to Shake things up…….Back Door Training
By Kerry A Adamo
So you completed your CPR training 6 months ago, and based on your American Red Cross or American Heart Association certificate you have 6 months or even a year and a half before your next training. The Tailgate or Tool Box training for CPR was completed a few weeks ago and based on the training process most of the employees are already starting to forget what they have learned. If you where to take a survey of employees you would find that most of them might not even pass the written test now what?
How do you keep information in front of employees on CPR or other safety topics and how do you keep your employees from forgetting what they have just learned? In most training cases employees forget some basic safety information on training or education in as little as 90 days.
My guess is that you are not going to hold classes all over again since the cost is too expensive, it takes too much time and you have other topics to be concerned about.
Try the back door approach to providing information and training, this is going to sound very crazy, but try it.
First you will need to have some posters which cover CPR or the safety topic you would like to cover. Your posters should be two feet by three feet in size. You will need one poster for the back of each bathroom stall door, yes you read this correctly. Place one poster on the back of the restroom stall door. Don’t be shy make sure you place the poster in both the men’s and women’s restrooms.
And watch what happens next, well I am sure that several employees will think that you and the author of this article are crazy. However, several things will happen, you will receive several phone calls and emails about why the posters are on the back of the bathroom stalls, second you will find that employees will make many comments about the posters. You will also see that employees are “learning on the job”. A simple poster in a simple location read and reviewed more than once, twice, three times or more. They say you learn something the more times you see it.
This is so simple that you can provide any type of safety information to employees. The back door is the place to provide needed training, information and education.
Employees may joke about the fact that a posted in on the back of the restroom stall door, but the real fact is that they took the time to look and read the information. The poster paid for its self.
Please feel free to use this information.