Compliance training – something we all have to do but often overlook.
Never before had the real impact of compliance been felt until the EU GDPR was enforced – we all remember the fiasco. Suddenly, all of the companies that had been long forgotten in the depths of our ‘spam’ email folders reemerged with news for us on how our information would continue to be stored.
But as we look at compliance training in our every-day lives, why is it important? Is it just for special scenarios like GDPR?
In this article, we’ll dive into what compliance training for employees is and why it’s important to your organization.
- What is Compliance Training?
- Corporate Compliance Training Program Essentials
- Make Compliance Training Fun!
- Benefits of Compliance Training Courses
- Final Thoughts
What is Compliance Training?
Compliance training can be summarized as mandatory training that your employees need to take, based upon your industry, and enforced by the government. Such training can include regulations or laws that relate to each employee’s job title or industry in order to ensure safety in the workplace or proper behaviour.
As legislation changes, it’s important to ensure that your employees are kept up to date with changes, and also renew their knowledge (usually annually). As a result, completion rates are the most important metric taken from such learning activities, signaling that your employees meet the requirements or standards.
Other considerations that satisfy your organization’s compliance and are dictated by the governing body related to your field are, deadlines for course completion, and reporting on your training efforts.
Corporate Compliance Training Program Essentials
While compliance training used to be a headache for every Learning and Development professional out there, it’s now easier than ever to make sure that your business is on track. To help you on your way, here’s a simple breakdown of how to go about it:
- Identify the regulation or legislation that your company needs to adhere to.
- Assess the criteria that needs to be satisfied.
- Locate course content from a reputable source or create your own. (As policies tend to change over time, be sure to keep your content up to date!)
- Let your Learning Platform deliver the course material to your employees and set up renewal reminders in advance.
- Track each of your learner’s activities to make sure that you have a reliable and accurate audit trail.
Learning Platforms allow you to provide and manage compliance training at scale, without the hassle.
Why Compliance Training Matters
More than wanting to offer our employees a beanbag chair and pool table to play on, we want to make sure that our employees and customers are safe.
Whether you’re making sure that your organization is free from harassment and bullying, or ensuring that your consumer data is properly protected, compliance training helps to manage this at scale.
As well as risk management, compliance training keeps your organization in-check in areas such as:
- Safety in the workplace
- Increasing employee productivity
- Protecting business reputation
- Reducing absences due to injury or health issues.
- Securing organizational insurance
- Minimizing the risk of legal action
In addition, showing your employees that you care about their wellbeing speaks volumes and legitimizes your organization – not to mention avoids the penalties associated with being non-compliant!
Make Compliance Training Fun!
Just because it’s governing body mandated doesn’t mean you can’t provide a great learning experience for your teams! With an average of 58% of compliance content developed in-house, you can afford to get creative.
To start, make sure that the content that you create is relevant to your employees’ position and presented in small enough bites (microlearning) that they can easily digest the information. This helps to keep your learners engaged and allow them to visualize certain scenarios where the compliance training is applicable to their daily work.
While we’re on the subject of personalization, providing different content formats to suit the varying learning styles of your teams is critical – think about how you can create fun videos, add interactive elements, and provide quizzes so that your learners use different parts of their brain, helping to improve knowledge retention. Another great tool is gamification, spurring some friendly competition between colleagues and encouraging fast completion rates.
No longer a task to dread, Learning Platforms make managing compliance training easy. Instead of seeing it as a burden, use it as an opportunity to remind your learners what values your organization holds and how we can all be better teammates.
What’s more – now you only have to manage the initial set up on your compliance training courses and the Docebo Learning Platform will take care of the rest. From auto-renerals to progress reminders and accurate reporting, you won’t have to lift a finger!
Get in touch with one of our team today to see how you can optimize your compliance training at scale!