Compliance training can be extremely beneficial to companies. In addition to keeping staff compliant with regulatory requirements, compliance training improves employee performance, according to eLearningIndustry.com1. Another benefit tied to compliance training is better employee engagement. EthicalBoardroom.com said that compliance training can increase staff engagement by “leveraging their content knowledge and understanding of good conduct expectations.”2 The contributor also stated, “Executive boards should invest in and support compliance training as a priority.”
Could your company benefit from higher levels of employee engagement and better staff performance? If so, consider offering three specific types of compliance training.
3 Types of Compliance Training to Offer Your Staff
Here are a few common types of compliance training that your corporation will likely benefit from:
1. Anti-Discrimination Training
Discrimination is present in many workforces today. CBS News reported that almost 60 percent of employees in the U.S. have witnessed workplace discrimination. The source quoted Carina Cortez, chief people officer at Glassdoor: “Employees must feel comfortable bringing their full selves to work, without the fear of prejudice or ridicule, whether intentional or not.” Employers can create an atmosphere that encourages workers to feel safe being themselves by making anti-discrimination training mandatory for every employee.
Anti-discrimination training is designed to promote more inclusive behaviors among staff by raising awareness of different forms of workplace discrimination.3 This type of compliance training, which can also include diversity training, helps equip employees with the knowledge and skills they need to treat all of their peers with equal respect. This can decrease a company’s risk of discrimination lawsuits and relational discord, as well as potentially boost collaboration and team performance.
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2. Anti-Harassment Training
Another important type of compliance training that companies should add to any corporate training program is anti-harassment training. TheBalanceCareers.com stated, “Workplace harassment is all too common... Workplace harassment can ruin a great job and turn a company into a toxic and unproductive environment.”4 In addition to low productivity, harassment in the workplace can increase staff turnover.
To minimize harassment in the workplace, employers should offer training that gives learners clear examples of what different types of harassment look like, including harassment of individuals based on religion, race, gender, and more. Sexual harassment should also be addressed. After participating in anti-harassment training, employees should be able to give concrete examples of both subtle and severe harassment, as well as name all forms of harassment in the workplace.
3. Cybersecurity Training
One of the most lucrative types of compliance training for employers is cybersecurity training. Cybersecurity training helps employees keep vulnerable data safe and thus can minimize the risk of a security breach, which costs U.S. companies around $8.19 million on average5. And in addition to preventing corporations from losing money due to data breaches, cybersecurity training can also help to increase customer loyalty by ensuring customers’ data is never compromised.
Cybersecurity training covers topics such as how to spot phishing emails, best practices for passwords, mobile device (BYOD) policies, and clean desk policies, which encourage employees to keep desks clear of papers with sensitive information written or printed on them. Safe internet habits, such as disabling pop-up windows, not installing software from unknown sources, and refraining from clicking on suspicious links, should also be discussed in cybersecurity training.
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Simplify Compliance Training with aLearning Management System
For companies with a lot of employees, it can be challenging to manage compliance training, especially when training leads to certification. A learning management system (LMS) can help you streamline compliance management and ensure every staff member has the knowledge they need to remain compliant with regulatory requirements.
For more information on how an online learning platform can help with compliance training, read our blog, “How to Use a Learning Management System for Compliance Training Certifications” or request a personalized LMS demo today.