How Compliance Training Differs from Other Training

In any organization, there are multiple types of mandatory staff training. These training fall on a continuum from how to perform specific job functions to a certification course in CPR. One of the most critical types of training in any business or organization is compliance training.

What is Compliance Training?

Compliance training provides your employees with the information they need to adhere to any laws or regulations that apply to their their job function or industry. Not only does compliance training help reduce risk by reinforcing important health and safety standards within the wrokplace, it can also help you cultivate a more transparent, honesty, and ethical culture.

By providing employees with information on HR policies and guidelines, compliance training helps ensure that employees act ethically and responsibly, and empowers them to identify and resolve compliance issues as they arise.

Compliance training can give employees a clear overview of your organizational culture, by providing critical information like a code of conduct. Some of these topics may be generalized and apply to nearly any organization, while others are very specific based on the job or company.

Topics commonly addressed may include:

  • Americans With Disabilities Act
  • Workplace Violence
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Family Medical Leave Act

Why is Compliance Training Important?

Violations of any of these regulations are serious and may result in fines, loss of business, and criminal prosecution. When employees are fully trained and following the mandates outlined in compliance training, the company is less likely to have legal issues or an unsafe work environment.

How is Compliance Training Different?

Unlike regular staff training where you teach someone how to perform the basic functions of their job or how to use an updated software program, topics for compliance training are often repeated on an annual basis. Because of the repetition and legal language involved, it can be quite boring.Some agencies pass out the same memo every single year, without even bothering to change the date on the top. With less effort going into preparation and delivery, employees tend to dismiss it as not important or say “I already know this”.

Can Compliance Training Be More Effective?

At Litmos, we believe that compliance doesn’t have to be a chore, and that making your workforce compliant is so much more than checking off a box. Read our complete guide to compliance training, “Compliance Made Easy” to gain a better understanding of the benefits, core topics, and best practices of compliance training.