Five Elements of Transformative Compliance Training

Five Elements of Transformative Compliance Training

Most HR professionals see compliance training as something the organization has to do, under penalty of law. But what if it could actually bring value to your company, when done well? What if it could revolutionize your company culture and make your workplace safer, more productive, and ethical?

Sobering Statistics

To understand how compliance programs can be transformational in these ways, it helps to understand just how much room there is for improvement:

These statistics come from a number of studies which we gathered in our white paper, “Why Compliance Training is More Than a Checkbox: Five Ways Companies Can Do Better for Their Employees and for Their Mission.” That white paper sets out, in detail, just how improved compliance training can change your organization for the good—and how to start.

Five Elements of Transformative Compliance Training

For example, our white paper covers the five things a good compliance training program must do in order to make lasting change:

Five Elements of Transformative Compliance Training

1. Considers the Target Audience

The right training tailors topics to address the appropriate audience. Each member of your team will respond better to different types of training.

Managers need to know how to enforce rules, for example. Until you show them how to discourage bad behavior, you may not see widespread cultural change and adoption. Employees may need to feel comfortable learning how to observe and report harassment and bullying.

2. Utilizes Proven Instructional Design Methodologies

You’re not going to redefine your culture by presenting a single video during onboarding. So how do you keep up a consistent pace of training? Shorter (7-11 minute) blocks of information are far easier for your staff to absorb. That content should also be well-produced, professionally executed, memorable, and current. Employees will likely not take anything too seriously if they see actors wearing clothing that was fashionable two decades before they joined the workforce.

3. Leverages Blended Learning

Blended learning environments teach topics using an online component, along with discussion, case studies, and Q&A moderated by a live instructor. An instructor assumes employees bring some basic knowledge with them when they enter a classroom (whether that’s live or virtual). That instructor can then dive into more engaging activities that deliver lessons more likely to stick with trainees over time.

4. Uses Climate Surveys

Anonymous, confidential, and well-executed climate surveys uncover workplace disparities and point trainers towards future issues before they erupt. No one is free from biases, and all organizations have blind spots and areas for improvement. A climate survey unearths where those are, fostering opportunities and topics for further conversation and training.

5. Includes Consistent Follow-up

A learning management system (LMS) should be used to schedule future training sessions and administer quizzes regularly. This helps generate insights into what is sticking and what areas need more attention, or a quick refresh.

There Is Even More to Compliance Training

There is more to understanding the role compliance training can play, too. Our white paper also covers:

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