Effective Tips When Conducting Virtual Compliance Training
Compliance training for employees in classroom settings is a popular teaching method among compliance managers, and for great reason. Compliance officers and employees have the opportunity to come together, interact, directly ask and answer questions, and undertake group work, roleplays, and games to make the program more engaging!
Unfortunately, with numerous employees working remotely and social distancing requirements, it’s difficult to conduct face-to-face compliance training. That’s why organizations use platforms like True Office Learning to make virtual compliance possible.
But what else can you do to make virtual compliance training more interesting? Here are a few effective tips to follow:
- Use proper video-conferencing tools
There are even more video-conferencing tools than ever before because of the boom of remote work and the pandemic. There’s Zoom, Google Teams, Slack, Skype, and more tools available for all employees to use.
We can use most of those tools for large video conferences, making them suitable for compliance training. You just need to ensure that the platform can support the number of participants that usually attend face-to-face training sessions.
Here are a few helpful tips when using video-conferencing tools for your training program:
- Use screen sharing and present your PowerPoint slides or other media
- Make training content as relevant as you can to the audience by using real-life examples
- Avoid a lot of text on your slides. Use more images and graphics
- Keep the presentation as short as possible but don’t forget the essential information!
- Make it interactive
We’ve all been a part of meetings and training programs that seem never-ending when conducted online. Sometimes, we zone out, and your employees can do the same after spending hours on end staring at the screen, listening to you talk about compliance topics.
To make compliance training even more fun and interactive, here are a few tips to follow:
- Limit the length of training done. Try to go less than 1.5 hours, as people would switch off after that 1.5-hour mark. Short and interactive training sessions will help participants stay engaged and retain the content, thus increasing the training’s effectiveness.
- As a trainer, avoid speaking for over 30 minutes at a time. You’ll want to ask your participants open-ended questions as you go, such as “how would you act in this situation?” or something similar.
- Utilize in-app or other tools to poll participants, with the results giving you interesting talking points.
- Opt for digital tools where you can share your screen and use PowerPoint to gather ideas and suggestions from participants.
- Utilize blended learning
You can save yourself the effort of going live for training and using eLearning courses. Blended learning is more popular and can come in many forms, such as eLearning modules, risk assessments, microlearning activities, and online questionnaires after live sessions.
eLearning can sometimes be the only option in certain situations, such as if companies have thousands of employees.
Wrapping It Up
While it may be difficult to conduct compliance training online at first, it can be just as effective as face-to-face setups with the right strategy.