According to Brandon Hall’s 2018 Learning Strategy Study, more than half of the companies surveyed identified compliance training as a top priority, and they even ranked it as a higher priority over job-specific skills or leadership development.
Why? Because implementing effective compliance training requires a substantial investment of resources and time and can have major impacts on an organization’s bottom line.
If you want your compliance training plan to be effective and successful this year, here’s what you should include in it.
Workplace Harassment Prevention
Many organizations are asking themselves: should harassment prevention training be mandatory in the workplace? In the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, most are answering with an affirmative “yes,” especially once they’re aware of these stats about sexual harassment in the workplace.
Also, after Starbucks® decided to close its doors last year for a mandatory unconscious bias training, many organizations are expanding their compliance training requirements to include more involved and intricate harassment prevention compliance measures that highlight and encourage workplace diversity.
Your compliance training plan should account for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s updated guidelines and requirements, if they are applicable to your organization and its operations. 2019 OSHA updates include:
- A new silica rule for construction compliance
- A new recordkeeping rule regarding when to submit Form 300A
- A revision to improve how workplace injuries and illnesses are tracked
- An extended due date for the Beryllium standard compliance requirement
- A new system for measuring and prioritizing crane operation enforcement
- An increased response rate to reports for injuries for unprogrammed severe injuries
Information About GDPR, Data Analytics, and Cybersecurity
Now that data is the most valuable resource in the world, organizations need to make sure they’re protecting it and that their employees know how to efficiently and securely access, manage, and store it. Each organization will need compliance requirements, policies, processes, and training implemented so that their employees know how to handle data and implement cybersecurity measures.
So, who benefits the most from data analytics and cybersecurity training? Everyone. Additionally, organizations that conduct business in the European Union will also need to be aware of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements and incorporate them into their compliance training programs, too.
Be sure to include those items mentioned here in your compliance training plan this year and your employees will be well prepared for the nuances and requirements of the modern-day workforce. Your organization will be able to remain miles ahead of its competition.