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Compliance Training: 5 Key Questions You Should Always Ask Before Buying It

Larkin Anders

As the years go by, we see almost every aspect of the workforce moving online. Because of this, more businesses have ramped up their online compliance training to accommodate remote work. Research.com states: “80% of organizations do some compliance training online and 29% entirely online”. 

And while compliance training isn't the most exciting concept, it's vital for your business. Many rules and regulations are in place that keeps your company, employees, and clients safe. Violation of these laws could have devastating effects on your company. So if you looking to start your compliance training program – you’re on the right track. 

Compliance training is vital to retaining employees and keeping your business running. When you create an engaging online training experience, it shows employees that you care about teaching them best practices and protecting their data. So, how can you design this excellent experience for your team? First, answer a few critical questions about compliance training design before buying it. 

1: Why Does Compliance Training Matter?

This may seem like an obvious question to ask, but compliance training is the foundation of the online training course you will buy. But why does it matter to your company? “Workplace safety” refers to a work environment that is free of harassment and bullying. It also means that employees and partners understand the rules they must follow and what information needs to be kept confidential.  Put simply, compliance training keeps your business, clients, partners, and staff safe and reduces the risk of any legal action.

2: What Compliance Training Should I Offer?

No matter your business or industry, compliance training should be a top priority. However, there are many different compliance training topics. These topics can vary depending on your location, department, and occupation. It's important to be aware of the different types of training courses so you can deliver and be aware of the required compliance training courses your employees must complete.

Below are some of the most common compliance training examples:

  • Anti-Harassment
  • Diversity Training
  • Data Privacy and Protection
  • Cyber Security
  • Business Ethics
  • Occupational Safety

3: Can You Assure Me That the Content is up-to-date and Compliant?

There are many compliance laws and regulations, and you'll want to be sure that all content abides by the latest guidelines. Thes laws and regulations change frequently. So it's vital the content within your compliance training courses reflect these changes in order for you to keep your business safe and employees properly trained.

4: What Type of Training Should I Look For?  

It's  vital for the vendor that will train your employees to offer a vast online training library that includes a wide variety of regulations that apply to your industry.  Not only should this training be educational, but it's important for the content to be entertaining as well. Your employees training experience should be enjoyable. Passive learning isn't the most effective way for employees to learn. It's vital these compliance courses provide interactive elements such as quizzes and videos to keep employees engaged. Many companies re-use their existing compliance training every year. But this isn’t an engaging experience for staff either. Finding an organization who regularly puts out new courses allows for a better learning experience for all.

5: What Outcome Do I Need from the Training? 

You've probably read horror stories about businesses and employees violating compliance laws and regulations. The outcome caused devastating effects, including lost revenue, fines and even criminal charges. So you could say the overall goal of compliance training should be abiding by these guidelines. However, it's also important for ensuring a great work place culture. Providing employees with a list of rules to follow just doesn't work. Compliance must be part of your organization's culture, and compliance training programs ensure this happens. Typically, employees don't break compliance laws intentionally. It usually occurs when the employee is unaware of the laws they must be following. Having a healthy workplace culture, where employees feel safe to report or spot violations, can ensure your company stays compliant.

Compliance Training Questions: In Summary

Compliance training ensures that your employees are engaged in a safer workplace. It is a crucial piece to the puzzle of workforce engagement and retention. Make sure you ask the right questions before diving into compliance training design. The answers will help you create a stimulating and entertaining experience for your team. 


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