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January 27, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Embassy Suites training

Dsc01513_2A picture from the Embassy Suites Town Lake in Austin, Texas:

This was taken a few years ago - I thought it was strange for a hotel to offer harassment its own employees, no less!

(I'll add that it was a very nice place to stay - good location and good service. Of course, that was before the training...)


Not broken.

It's either training on how to deal with harassment or what actions are prohibited as harassment.

Posted by: Loren Pechtel at January 27, 2006 12:16 AM

At least it wasn't in the Friendship Room...

Posted by: nic at January 27, 2006 12:25 AM

Maybe it is another word for sales training?(just kidding)

But really selling ones business is part of every business, so we can't write off all sales people. It is just the ones with bad timing, who get in our face when we want to be left alone that we don't like.

Posted by: Josephc4 at January 27, 2006 12:53 AM

What's broken is posting a pic from 2003.

Posted by: Calendar Freak at January 27, 2006 01:00 AM

Are you really confused about this? How much less broken could anything get?

Posted by: beckett at January 27, 2006 09:29 AM

Oh I get it, you're interpreting the sign to mean "Training on how to harass people". That's funny. Or not. I understand the intended meaning, as I'm sure most people do.

How would you change the wording to make the meaning more clear? You can't use "Meeting to discuss how harassment is bad", the sign just isn't big enough.

This might have worked better in "Just for fun".

Posted by: Manni at January 27, 2006 10:15 AM

What's broken is that it reads like it's training for people to harrass. It's not anti-harassment training.

Posted by: Annie at January 27, 2006 10:15 AM

No Not Broken- how are you going to know if youre guilty of harrassing someone under the specifications of harrassment stated by employer if you are not made aware of said specifications first?-

Its like saying on a really simple level you have to know what the rules are in the game-

Posted by: smartypants at January 27, 2006 10:23 AM

Well, at least you will know why your hotel bill is so high. It takes them 3 hours to discuss sexual harassment. If those people are on the clock for that time then the company will need to make up the difference somehow. I hope they weren't feeding them brunch either.

Posted by: Confused Shopper at January 27, 2006 11:33 AM

I've had to sit through a mandatory "Supervisor's Sexual Harassment Survival Guide" here at the University of California, San Diego. I can't speak about all such courses but ours was definitely broken.

Let it be clear that I personally oppose all forms of harassement and discrimination and do everything within my power to prevent them in my workplace.

Having said that, the University's "training" was clearly set up to merely go through the motions. The Legislature, in its wisdom, decreed that because our Gropenating Governor, Arnold Schwartzenegger, can't seem to keep his paws off of studio assistants, all state employee supervisors had to pay the penalty and sit through two hours of this nonsense every two years. I don't know if the Governor also has to attend one of these travesties or not but our so-called training was a rather diffuse and unfocused ramble through two court cases, providing no concrete conclusions or any firm statement of University policy on how to prevent such situations from arising.

Yes, I'm hacked off at having to spend two unproductive hours (plus the time it took to compose this little rant) on this absurd waste of time.

Posted by: Steve at January 27, 2006 11:38 AM

Well this is another Seinfeld thread soooo... time to go off topic!

Steve, I've sat through those things too and many of them are a waste of time but some were reasonably on point. Best explanation I ever got was a baseball analogy. Touching, talking about, or looking for more than about 2 seconds, at anything within the "strike zone" is the beginning of trouble. Class dismissed.

Yeah do how do you like your Governator? Isn't it great that the electorate can no longer tell thinkers from actors that play them?

On a related note, no wonder Bush can get away with defending his illegal wiretap program by whining about "the enemy." We're apparently too stupid to notice that HE CAN LEGALLY DO the wiretaps if he would actually GET A COURT ORDER, LIKE THE LAW SAYS!

You can bet the White House will not be posting the location of its "mandatory ethics training." It will be held at a "secure undisclosed location" so that Cheney's ethics training won't take away too much of his time from running Eastern European torture centers.

Posted by: Pat at January 27, 2006 02:15 PM

harrassment and palmwood in the same sentence?

Posted by: thelion at January 27, 2006 03:53 PM

The guy who gave us our SH talk 2 years later became a member of the sex offenders list. Now that's irony!

Posted by: Poindexter T Quakenfuss at January 27, 2006 03:57 PM

When did the Governator ever play a "thinker"?

Posted by: stanzii at January 27, 2006 07:14 PM

In that all-time holiday classic "Jingle All The Way", of course!

Posted by: Conan at January 27, 2006 07:50 PM

I could have been worse. They could have left out the other word instead and just called it sexual training.

It would have had more ppl taking about their progressive training programs.

Posted by: josephc4 at January 27, 2006 11:33 PM

I heard that Arnold was on his way to harrasment training when he crashed the motorcycle he just never thought to get a license for.

Posted by: Steve Tracey at January 28, 2006 02:00 AM

Maybe what is broken is putting an employee event out where the public can see it. It seems like you would want to announce this a little more discretely lest your patrons wonder what is going on with your employees that they would need this event. (Although it most likely is a rountine training course). I always find it odd when I see the backstage scene of a business. For example, at some places you have to venture into employee territory to use the restroom. It always feels like you aren't supposed to be there.

Posted by: WillF at January 28, 2006 05:18 PM

It's nice that they're holding it in the friendship room.

Posted by: eaf at February 14, 2006 03:56 PM

LOL the last thing people need is harrassment training; they're annoying enough already =)

Posted by: FLCL at February 25, 2006 07:56 PM

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