There are very few of us who enjoy working midnights. There are those (my kids come to mind) who enjoy staying up late playing video game or watching tv. But not many enjoy working the graveyard shift.
But do you know what is worse than working mids? It’s working midnights and then going to training on days. Your entire system is thrown off. Everything. And the likelihood is you don’t get much out of the training, even if the training is good, as a result.
So, let’s thing creatively as instructors. Instead of making all the midnight folks come to us, how about we go to them. I know, I know, I know. It probably isn’t what you wanted to hear. But, if you think about it, I think it makes more sense than what we currently do.
We preach student-centered training. Here at Command Presence, we try to live it as well. In fact, we have offered to conduct our training sessions on midnights for our host agencies. We have even had a few take us up on it. I wish more would. Because I think it will help.
Instructors must make training about the student, all about the student. It isn’t always easy. In fact, sometimes it can be inconvenient or even hard. But it’s always worth it – even at night.