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I honestly imagine this will be the worst and most boring experience of my life.
No-one cares about my pain.
I seriously am anxious about this. It's a compulsory thing everyone at work has to do but I've got a habit of reacting really badly to things I view as pointless that I'm made to do against my will and I just know my rebellious sides gonna come out and get me into trouble of some description.
I just won't be able to do it. I know I'll start arguing with the person running it about something (if s/he starts making any kind of cultural generalisations for example as I kind of expect they will) and it'll just piss people off.
If I feel someone's putting me through something I don't want to go through then I inevitably let them know about it...
Even if I say nothing I'll still make 'em know somehow.
It's like I didn't realise until recently but a friend pointed out that if I'm watching a band and don't like them I'll start to grimace and fidget in an over-the-top, unignorable manner which, whilst isn't in any way deliberate, does give my feelings away.
this isn't your only problem
Well rather than argue in front of the entire group, why don't you just pull the tutor aside afterwards and put over your point?
Less stress for all concerned.
but I just think that
a) if you live in London and work in the NHS you quickly get pretty up with equality and diversity due to the range of people you work with.
b) I'm worried it's gonna be full of sweeping generalisations about how you should treat people which completely ignore the fact everyone's an individual and many people don't want to be judged purely within the context of their race, culture, gender, disability or whatever but would rather just be judged as a 'person'.
and stress everyone else in the room out without a care in the world then. Have fun!
Sheesh, I went on a three day health and safety training course about five years ago - I can't remember a bloody word of it now. I HATE these things.
I mean maybe I will be proved wrong and it'll be an enlightening experience but I just don't see what they're going to tell me that an intelligent person with a reasonably coherent thought process wouldn't figure out for themselves.
and yes, some of their assumptions can be bloody patronising. But there are other, less enlightened people out there Paul. Just write a story in your head or a new song and put your 'I'm really concentrating' face on :)
My real aim of this thread was to get all my annoyance out here and now so I'm relatively calm in the morning.
I guess I do sort of see why they make these things compulsory and I do appreciate the intentions are good but it doesn't make me any less apprehensive about having to sit through it all!
Good luck tomorrow.
endless "icebreakers" and team building exercises. Lots of talks about equality and "what does it mean to be disabled?", videos about drug and alcohol abuse etc.
It was data entry.
is when I was 16 and doing work experience and listened to an "expert" telling me how disabled people liked to be treated.
As a disabled person myself I was able to both ascertain and inform her (in fairly polite termss) she was talking complete and utter nonsense and that certainly wasn't how I wanted to be treated at all.
I think the people I worked with were quite impressed. She looked far less pleased.
There's got to be at least one perk in it...
I'm thinking about taking my computer along to 'take notes on' (as luck would have it I can't write due to co-ordination problems so an equality and diversity course would have to allow to do to this) and then just do some of my own stuff I've got to get on with instead and zone all the rest of it out.
a good day to call in sick.
but they charge my department if I don't show up for any reason (including illness) so then I definitely would get myself in trouble!
They've really anticipated a lot of sickies on this one then huh?
(presumably 'cos everyone wants to skip the compulsory training!)
Does seem kind of prejudiced against the sick though...
ethnicity and diversity training day.
There's nothing like being patronised by some Guardian reading halfwits who have NEVER had a real job in their fucking lives to set your blood boiling.
There are some things you can put up with at 9 am, but, being told that racism is a something akin to an original sin that all white people are born with is not one of them.
'looking around this room, I don't see a very representative mix of people'
That would be because you're in Dorset, you massive cunt!