Since the outbreak of coronavirus, a new era has been flourishing. We are no longer visiting public places or attending any social gatherings unnecessarily. This past year has transformed the way we are working to earn our livelihood. It has ushered the age of work from home. Because COVID-19 forced many businesses to close their doors, many industries have adopted the scenario by moving the conference room into their employees’ living rooms.
And guess what, the results were astounding. It was seen that the productivity of the new remote workers increased by approx. 13 percent. And half of the remote workers claimed to have more flexibility in their working hours and schedule. They began calling it the “new normal.” The benefits of work from home were clearly documented. In fact, many businesses also decided to make the WFH model permanent. This means the current year is expected to witness almost double full-time remote workers.
However, one area of the workplace is struggling due to this new normal. Training is essential to help acclimate a new hire to the office environment. But it is struggling to find its footing in the “work from home” era. This makes it even more daunting to ensure employee compliance adequately. Think about it. How can you conduct effective compliance training when your workforce is scattered across the nation or even the globe?
Well, worry no more! We are here to allay your stress and help you foster in your employees a sense of compliance. Just consider the following practices and get going.
Anywhere Access on Mobile
Remote workers can work from anywhere, be it their homes, the park, or even a gorgeous resort hotel. Fortunately, the melange of internet-connected technologies has eluded the necessity to always do the work on a laptop or PC. It allowed smartphones to work just as well. So, incorporate an employee compliance app that is accessible on phones or tablets. This will give the workforce freedom to learn organizational policies, rules, regulations, norms, and standards on their own time and from anywhere.
Micro-learning with Short Videos
This dense subject is hard enough to communicate in traditional conference rooms. Think about the complexities a manager would face during remote compliance training. The simple solution to this is to break it down. They can divide the topics into short, digestible sections and then teach them one at a time. Videos on each element of the policies and procedures allow the viewer to learn at his own pace.
Written Updates & Newsletters
In case a compliance policy is being updated, changed, or introduced, you could simply post a memo in the office or gather everyone together for a quick meeting in the old world. But the current era makes it next to impossible for a remote workforce. Therefore, the managing team can send out an email notice or newsletter when a compliance update comes along. With email, you can also receive written confirmation of who received and acknowledged your note.
Compliance training can be a bit dry as discussing company policy, industry regulations, and consequences of misconduct are seldom anyone’s idea of a fun-filled afternoon. But gamification is a great way to spice things up. It engages the workforce in a fun and competitive game like a quiz show or an online office with quest-like learning modules. Above all, it helps retain training.
Managers can hardly read their employees’ body language or demeanor while they are working from home. Only good communication is key to a successful remote workforce, which is truer when it comes to compliance training. Thus, you must conduct regular check-ins with your remote employees to check they understand and abide by the standards aptly.
So, this is all you need to do to operate the compliance program smoothly, no matter where you are.