Training is a crucial element of an effective Ethics Program…specifically training that maps back to your Code of Conduct. For your Ethics Program to succeed you must train your managers, employees, and third parties on relevant laws, regulations, internal policies, and prohibited conduct.
You can ask your workforce to review all of the policies in the world, but if you don’t reinforce your policies’ messages and recommendations with solid training, it’s impossible to cultivate a culture of ethics within your workforce.
Training initiatives are expensive and time consuming, so the best companies put a lot of thought into efficient and effective execution. Having senior leadership support for a comprehensive Ethics Training Program is a critical first step. And not only do the leaders need to support your program, they need to be among the first trained in order to start establishing the tone from the top, modeling ethical behavior.
Make certain your training program reinforces the policies covered in your Code of Conduct.
Best Practices for Effective Training
Your Training Program and Materials Should Be:
So people can learn at their own pace as wellas when most convenient
Using interactivity to keep people interested and to increase retention
So training can be accessed anywhere from any device
To let people consume the training in bite-sized chunks of information
And Should Not Be:
- Stuck in a Binder
- Dull, dry, and boring