You are not my HR rep but…
March 26, 2014 6:12 AM Subscribe
I’ve been signed up for classroom style skills training, held in my city. It’s mandatory for people in my salaried position to take it. The course runs 3.5 days, 12 hrs/day and is quite expensive to attend (company paid). Participants are required to stay at a hotel, and are not allowed to commute to the sessions (as they would their regular job). Location: Canada
Overnight monthly travel is a feature of this role, however the notion of not being allowed to go home at the end of the day while staying in my own city seems ludicrous. I also question the rationale behind 12 hour training sessions for adult learners. Others who have taken the course suggest it is long, draining, and the info is hard to retain over time.
My questions: can attendance under these terms be required of me? Would it be reasonable to ask for time off in lieu of sacrificing my evenings / working late? How might I position such a request ? Do you know of any arguments backed by theory or research that support the notion that a course structured like this is or isn’t a good way for adults to learn and develop new skills?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts and suggestions