Category: Developing Skills

Sep 13
As the world “exits” the COVID-19 pandemic, companies in all sectors are struggling to hire (or re-hire) employees, from construction [Dodge Data & Analytics 2020] to logistics [DC Velocity 2021]. And that’s why HR departments are increasingly working with colleagues in Operations and in Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) to (...)
Jun 8
When developing skills, how you train is just as important as what you practice. And often overlooked is timing, especially for how long you should practice “in one shot”, what kind of a “break” should you take between training “sessions”, when is the best time to train during the day (...)
Apr 5
Organisations that own and operate heavy equipment are always looking for new operators. And to do that, they are primarily targeting: current employees who are now doing other kinds of work, to grow their own people with work experience in other fields, including military veterans [1]. In both cases, people (...)
Jan 18
Whether you like it or not, your thoughts affect your actions.  And that’s why how you feel about what you do counts. The fact is, most of us struggle when we’ve got to show someone else what we can do e.g. to earn a driver’s license, or become a certified (...)
Nov 15
Typical operator training programs combine classroom-based instruction with real-world seat-time but the results are often discouraging, because there are three kinds of uncertainty. Are you choosing the right people to train? Are your trainees learning properly? Are your new operators working well enough? We can summarize the current arrangement in (...)
Oct 4
Learning to operate heavy equipment is like learning to play a musical instrument. Really? Well as one example, operating a backhoe and playing the banjo do seem rather different, as the following table makes clear. Description Operating a Backhoe Playing the Banjo Need two hands Yes Yes Need two feet (...)
May 18
What does it mean to develop a skill, and go from "novice" to "expert"? In the world of heavy equipment, that partly means memorizing how to use levers, joysticks, steering wheels, pedals, etc. in a coordinated way to make things happen.