Warning: this post is a little graphic. I decided to run it because I originally received the joke from my mum-in-law. I figured if she found it funny you may too.
Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day, picked out a box of tampons and preceded to the checkout counter.
The man at the counter asked the older boy, “Son, how old are you?”
“Eight,” the boy replied.
The man continued, “Do you know what these are used for?”
The boy replied, “Not exactly, but they aren’t for me. They’re for him. He’s my brother. He’s four. We saw on TV that if you use these you would be able to swim and ride a bike. Right now, he can’t do either.”
As training and development specialists we walk a fine line of making learning open, transparent and accessible with opening organizational systems up for possible wreckage. Not being trained properly in safety systems could result in loosing a limb. Not being trained properly in database management could result in loosing your database.
A little information can go a wrong way. Sometimes it’s painful, sometimes it’s funny. Without being paranoid or dwelling on it to the exclusion of all else (as the VP I heard about who has to approve all tweets) it’s best to think about how the content you’re training could be misused.