So you hired someone with limited training experience because you liked their personality, smile and charm, but they have only worked for one company in their training career thus far. You thought hiring someone with your industry experience was a plus, but you were not thinking about the built-in flaw that is a part of that limited experience.
If you are being tasked with setting up a training function from scratch, initially creating plans and content all by yourself, you are going to naturally yield to what is most familiar as a way to hit the ground running. Most training professionals have a limited understanding of copy write laws and protection, and those that hire them have even less awareness of the need to avoid repurposing content.
But let’s say you hired someone from your competition (same industry) to build your training function, and they use anything from their past employer to create plans and content for your company, without expressed written permission, they have violated copy write protections and are subject to being sued. But let’s face it, your new training officer is not where the money is, so they tie you and the company into that lawsuit and those dollars can now be huge!
Big enough that petty cash won’t cover this lawsuit and the Board of Directors will learn of it because of the monetary amounts that need board approval for payment. Guess who all lose their job when it goes this far? Not only will the charming training officer be out of work but you as the dimwitted hiring manager will be unemployed too!
Bottom line you hired Limited Training Experience because you wanted to save salary dollars over hiring someone that has a diverse background and knows the responsibilities that come with the job. Because you are like most executives that believe any idiot can manage training, you have no idea the risks and don’t bother to monitor activities or question where the content for your training programs was derived.
You saved $40K in salary hiring a pretty face with potential, and paid a million dollars to their former employer for Copy Write Infringement. You don’t have to be a banker to know that was not a good investment.