On the Same Page
A very important thing to remember: a program like this can be fun! It can also helps get everyone on the same page from the outset, and fosters better communication and working relationships. Out of an environment like this, productivity thrives.
Also keep in mind that if every sound company would offer training along these lines, we could all collectively improve the labor situation in very short order. The key is understanding that it’s a win-win situation for everyone involved, and it must always be presented that way.
Let’s have a look at an overview of the training curriculum we’ve developed. By the way, this information is always provided in handout form AFTER a training session. Giving it out before or during a session leads participants to be reading ahead rather than paying full attention to the presentation.
To be early is to be on time. To be on time is to be late. To be late is to not show up!
Do not impose your own personal dictates. Be observant. Ask questions.
Always approach a job or project with a positive attitude. Always try to think, “I can do that” or “I can get that done.” This goes a long way to how the rest of your day will go.
Conversely, shouting, cursing, complaining and lewd language are not conducive to a good working environment. These things create tension. Note that we have discharged stagehands for actions of this type.
Do not show up for work under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It’s the single best way to be cut and banned from returning.
Unless specifically instructed, never, ever touch the musicians’ instruments. This is a professional show, not “Star Search.”
You do not need to be accessible to every person you know on a “24-7” basis. Unless you have an impending family emergency, when on the job, turn your cell phone off. This is what voice mail is for - check it and return calls during breaks.
Wear sturdy shoes - and no sandals.