The surveys also explored the contrast between employees' perceptions of training effectiveness and ethics and compliance practitioners' expectations and perceptions of training effectiveness. The results of these two surveys contrast the intended goals of ethics and compliance training and the employee beliefs about ethics and compliance training. Employee perceptions on the effectiveness of ethics and compliance training programs center on learning new skills, relevance to their job function and improving their ability to make better decisions. The report also measures employee perceptions on the effectiveness of different training methods.
"This report points to a gap between ethics training and compliance training," said Patricia Harned, CEO of ECI, "the majority of ethics and compliance practitioners believe they are effectively training for compliance, but despite most believing changing ethics-related behaviors is the most important objective of training, only 26 percent think their training is effective in changing behavior and preventing misconduct."
Previous reports by the ECI have shown that when employees feel they are respected as learners, and when they have opportunities to engage with supervisors and peers, they are more likely to find training efforts to be effective. Findings of the study today further emphasize this concept – employees acknowledge their need for training, but need to be respected and engaged with leaders to apply it.
ECI's funding partner, KPMG, has a longstanding relationship with ECI's business ethics research and is proud to be supporting, once again, such a pivotal effort in accentuating high quality ethics and compliance training.
About the Ethics & Compliance Initiative
The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) empowers organizations to create and sustain high quality ethics and compliance programs. With a history dating back to 1922, ECI brings together ethics and compliance professionals and academics from all over the world to share techniques, research and, most of all, exciting new ideas. www.ethics.org