Bad acting, cheesy dialogue, unrealistic scenarios. It all reminds me of health class in middle school. Remember those videos demonstrating the dangers of drug and alcohol use and how to handle the peer pressure? I can picture them now...
"Just try the pot Jimmy, come on man, you'll like it!"
Jimmy looks confused. The voice over narrator asks, "What should Jimmy do?"
Ahh, good times. So what reminded me of those superbly produced educational videos? A relatively new site called Employaid.
The point of Employaid is to develop "an online community for corporate employees to find the resources they need for career success." What that means is that the site provides articles, podcasts, blog posts and most importantly - videos, all with the hope of improving the work experience.
If you're looking for entertainment, please check out the videos. My favorite so far has been the one on office gossip, which you can watch here. Here is some dialogue from the video so you can get an idea of what I'm talking about:
“Gossips fuel the fire, and often spread information that simply isn't true. You can either get sucked into the vortex or travel the high road by digging out the real facts."
I counted four overused clichés in two sentences. That's just not right.
That said, some of the videos actually do have some good information. The articles are great as well, they have decent information and are well written. Both videos and articles cover topics such as asking for a raise, dealing with hostile co-workers, and tough interview questions. All useful stuff in the work environment.
They also have contest on their blog; post at least 10 comments and you’re entered into a drawing for an iPod Touch.
Overall, the intentions of Employaid are good, and that's commendable.
Check the site out, especially if you're looking for a chuckle. Those videos are golden.
This is a guest post by Steven Krager.
P.S. The videos could be worse...they could be from 1987! (Hat tip: JoberTalk)