In the study by LRN: 2011-2012 Ethics & Compliance Leadership Survey Report, this was an important finding, from an ethics perspective.
“Online education remains the primary lever at Ethics and Compliance Officers disposal. More than 75% of companies deploy online education across the employee base. But the time allotted to deploy this education is minimal. More than 2/3 of leaders said they have three hours or less of employee time each year to deliver ethics and compliance education, a small window to impact critical knowledge and reinforce the right behavior.”
What this says to me is:
1. Beside online training programs being a serious expense, they are not integrated into the life of the company, i.e. no follow-up training, etc.
2. Actual training in compliance and ethics is under three hours or less per year? I would bet compliance get most of that time and most of that budget!
3. The business community has not taken the study of ethics as a priority, even though ethics may be consistently referred to, and yet, is not willing to invest in that training.
4. If 2/3 of the leaders say there is less than 3 hours or less of employee time, who’s making the decisions on this? If they are leaders, aren’t they “making the decisions and if they’re not. Who’s in charge?
5. The need for the study of ethics and ethics training is touted as being crucial , yet this study says that it’s not that important in reality.
I urge you to get the study, read it carefully, and then evaluate what you need to do insure that the study of ethics is at least as important as your compliance training.