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#1 theoboldN

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Posted 14 May 2020 - 12:01 PM

Hello,

 

We haven't been able to have our normal monthly QA training sessions during the coronavirus outbreak due to the large gathering of employees in a room.  We typically have 100+ people in one room during a training session.  I am looking for innovative ideas to train operations on our normal QA topics that we perform without being able to gather in a room together.  Anyone have any ideas to share that your plant is performing? 

 

Thank you!



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Posted 14 May 2020 - 12:27 PM

Most of our clients are back to group gatherings.


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Posted 14 May 2020 - 12:30 PM

Please check out this thread....

 

https://www.ifsqn.co...uring-covid-19/


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Posted 14 May 2020 - 01:58 PM

Management meetings discussed in above thread are a little bit easier to move online/to conference call, but it's hard when you're dealing with training for employees that don't necessarily have a company email address or access to Zoom, Teams, etc. I'd suggest smaller huddle meetings or employee newsletters with short quizzes that they can fill out during lunch/breaks. 



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Posted 14 May 2020 - 08:11 PM

We have broken up our typical plant meetings that were 20-30 people at a time to 5-10 people and just hold more of them throughout the day.  It takes longer and wears a bit on the trainer (me!) but it allows everyone to get the updates they need, the training they need, and we keep the lines of communication open. 



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Posted 14 May 2020 - 08:33 PM

Smaller groups and more frequent training.  Keep the separation among the employees in the training.

 

If you can, train others to do the training so it doesn't rest just upon one or two people.



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Posted 15 May 2020 - 06:18 AM

We will minimize our annual 6 hour training/information-day to 1 hour.

And not everyone at the same time, we will break it up into two groups, with space for everyone. We will be in the reception area instead of the conference room.

 

As to how/what we'll train... I haven't figured out yet. Probably a quick sheet with 10 questions or so.

The main objective is for the CEO to inform about the current situation, new regulations and for everyone to discuss freely (if they want to).

 

Depending on how the situation is later this fall/winter, we'll probably have an external trainer come and hold a more proper "fresh up class". 



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Posted 18 May 2020 - 10:50 AM

Small groups, different rooms, present via Zoom (or some video chat service) so everyone receives the same information.

 

Plus, it's a good opportunity to mix up departments and create a fun, interactive competition. 



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Posted 22 May 2020 - 12:37 PM

Thanks to everyone for sharing their ideas! We want to continue the social distancing at our plant of 1200 + employees.  We came up with a way to train employees by sending a blast text to all employees of a YouTube video we recorded of our food safety/quality topic and they will have to complete a quiz connected to the video.  They would get paid for the participation.



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Posted 22 May 2020 - 01:25 PM

Thanks to everyone for sharing their ideas! We want to continue the social distancing at our plant of 1200 + employees.  We came up with a way to train employees by sending a blast text to all employees of a YouTube video we recorded of our food safety/quality topic and they will have to complete a quiz connected to the video.  They would get paid for the participation.

 

Interesting - do you use a certain service for this? 

Our facility always has trouble getting everyone into one spot for training and we utilize some online training, but the website is cumbersome to use on a cell phone or tablet.



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Posted 22 May 2020 - 02:20 PM

@ MsMars

 

We used this website to create training  https://www.powtoon.com/.  It's very professional looking and you have an avatar and record your voice.



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Posted 03 June 2020 - 02:54 PM

We are in the same situation on how to complete required plant training with production staff.  We are putting together a training power point with video and quizzes for annual refresher. However we also have a sensory training requirement that is causing some concern.  Part of that training requires team members to smell sample various samples that we put into water. These are passed around the group for scoring. Now with COVID-19 this is not possible.  We thought of separate containers for each member but there are 18 samples and the cost and time could get away from us. Any thought or ideas to work around this.



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Posted 08 June 2020 - 06:51 AM

We are in the same situation on how to complete required plant training with production staff.  We are putting together a training power point with video and quizzes for annual refresher. However we also have a sensory training requirement that is causing some concern.  Part of that training requires team members to smell sample various samples that we put into water. These are passed around the group for scoring. Now with COVID-19 this is not possible.  We thought of separate containers for each member but there are 18 samples and the cost and time could get away from us. Any thought or ideas to work around this.

 

 

Does the staff have to touch the containers? Put the samples on a table and let members go there one at a time and just lean over, don't touch?

 

Have you ever had these test during "normal" flu season, what's your procedure then?

 

At the same time, if you let the staff enter your facility then they're in some way declared "virus free", no? (Either by them signing declaration and/or the company's own procedure, whatever that may be.) So why can't you then simply pass containers from one another, if you're just smelling?

 

Do you also wipe, for example, door handles everytime someone use them? I mean, every surface that's been touched is that sanitized straight away?






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