I can't possibly be the only person who finds mandatory annual "Insider trading is bad, m'kay?" trainings just a bit fucking insulting, right?

Like, maybe the first one is justified as part of onboarding, sure. Just to make sure the rules are known and clear.

Every year? Are engineers so stupid that we forget after 11 months and need a refresher? Is that who companies believe are writing their mission critical software?

Not aimed at any one company 'cause they all do it. But who thinks this is useful?

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@saramg Pretty sure it's the "we covered our tuckus" nonsense so the company doesn't get accused of encouraging this sort of thing.

Sadly I doubt the engineers are the main issue when it comes to insider trading as they tend to be the last to know any kind of financial details.

@craigmaloney I mean, of course it is. It doesn't make it any less infantilizing and insulting just because it's policy.

@saramg Oh definitely. More a diagnosis of the tick-a-box culture of project management and human resources.

It's sad that most of corporate time is spent on such nonsense.

@saramg I think it may be a legal requirement. And usually every time I think "Why are they telling us this!? Isn't this obvious by now?" when watching a corporate training video, I remember that sales people exist and many of them are... ethically challenged and didn't necessarily graduate at the top of their class.

@zalasur Of course it is, but "It's policy" shouldn't be the end of the conversation when it's a dumb fucking policy.

Presenting this once at onboarding should be enough to provide that CYA. The annual refreshers are pointless and arbitrary though. You either hear "don't be unethical" and take it to heart, or you don't. Those not-the-top-of-the-class sales people aren't going to be dissuaded by a yearly variety sketch show.

@saramg i just got a reminder for a cybersecurity refresher

And it's soooooo mind numbing

i feel like i should be exempt.
i've worked in InfoSec, and i don't read emails!

@meena I make it a point to send such invitations to corpsec as "probably fishing attempt" so that I waste someone's time in verifying that it's real.

@saramg I think the important bit here is that repeating the same thing over and over again might seem stupid and boring, but it works. There is research that shows that it works. Sure, it's probably wasted on you, as you would never even think about doing such a thing, but for the people who would it makes a difference.

@deshipu So the rest of us just Harrison Bergeron it for the ethically challenged.... sigh...

@saramg Alternatively, the society could be organized in a way that doesn't reward such behavior, but that would probably be bad for the people who are making the decisions.

@saramg On the one hand, yes I agree it's a bit asinine.

But I also roll out things like mandatory annual "don't click links in email" phishing awareness training. You'd think it would also be unnecessary ... but the folks who get phished LITERALLY THE FOLLOWING WEEK justify the policy.

Most engineers are smart enough they don't need the annual refresher. But the 5-10% who are stupid enough to actually need it force the hands of the policymakers.

@saramg Given how hard it is to hire that many folks, making the 90% who know what they're doing put up with an extra few minutes of redundant training is orders of magnitude less in cost, effort, and frustration.

As frustrating as that redundant training feels.

@ericmann But what quality of work are that 10% producing?

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