It was no ordinary morning at Cicero’s Development. On Monday, August 18, 2014, the company kicked off five days of Core Curriculum Skills Training Classes and Workshops for Cicero’s employees. The day began with Sam Cicero, Jr. giving an overview of the week’s activities and insight into the CDC company culture.
The goal for the week was to have employees walk away with a deeper understanding of their role in the company’s success. At Cicero’s, everyone’s role is important; it’s imperative that employees are able to trust and rely on each other, help each other, and realize that as a company we have a vast amount of resources. For that reason, an emphasis was placed on increasing engagement between managers and employees working together to create goals that balance the needs of the organization with employees' career aspirations. There was also a focus on strengthening work-team collaboration, improving performance, and reducing costs.
The Construction Skills Workshop got the week started and covered basics, such as trade terms. After lunch, the group was broken into two teams. Each team was challenged to build two 8’ walls with an acoustical ceiling in four days. One wall was to be metal framed and one wood. The team to correctly complete their two walls in the time period allowed would be crowned the winner of the challenge. Each member of the winning team would receive a $50 gift card to a local restaurant or store. The teams were judged on quality of craftsmanship, teamwork, timeliness, and efficiency.
Monday also began the 4-part OSHA-10 class which is provided to construction workers to train on methods of recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards on worksites and in the workplace. The training also provides information on workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and how to go about filing complaints. The CDC employees participating in this 10-hour training received a certificate of completion and an OSHA-10 Construction Industry Wallet Card.
The week also included workshops on topics such as Time Management, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Communication and Conflict Resolution. Because proper execution of these aspects of the job is important to meet deadlines, the focus of these training classes was personal accountability and the specific skills required for team project success.
The CDC Core Curriculum training sessions wrapped up on Friday with the teardown and cleanup of the walls built, and closing remarks from Sam, Jr., thanking everyone for their participation and recapping the week’s events. To show his appreciation, all participants were rewarded with gift cards. The week’s activities were closed out with everyone sharing their appreciation for the time and effort that was put into making the training successful. Special thanks were given to Peggy Rudman and Millizza Steen for orchestrating the logistics and working to ensure that everything went off without a hitch.