Compliance Effectiveness: Can You Risk the Risk?

By David Wentworth, Principal Learning Analyst, Brandon Hall Group

Join me on October 30th for a webinar sponsored by ePath Learning, featuring ePath’s VP of Product Management Donna Lord. We will discuss the ways some learning technologies can expedite the software-validation process for regulated companies while greatly reducing the risks and costs associated with compliance.

The current number one L&D priority for organizations isn’t something edgy like AI or virtual reality. Nor is it another technology-related item like mobile delivery or social learning. In Brandon Hall Group’s 2018 Learning Strategy Survey, compliance was cited by more companies as a high priority than anything else.

When you look at organizations in industries where compliance and regulation are even more critical, such as life sciences, healthcare, manufacturing and finance, compliance is number one with a bullet-marked by nearly 70% of companies as a high priority.

This brings me to the age-old compliance conundrum:

  1. Compliance training is critically important to many organizations and their ability to function as a business.
  2. Compliance training is boring and considered a necessary evil.

Compliance can mean the difference between paying fines or not, being in business or not, and literally the difference between life and death. The problem is that if we continue to treat compliance training the way we do (#2), it is going to make #1 increasingly difficult.

This type of training is necessary, but it doesn’t have to be evil. Whether it is ensuring there’s no harassment on the job, keeping chemicals from being sprayed into workers’ eyes or following laws, rules and regulations, it is critical we deliver compliance training in an effective and engaging way to protect our people and the business. Otherwise, companies run the risk of being caught short. In our most recent Compliance Study, only 40% of companies said they were thoroughly prepared for a compliance audit.

To mitigate risk, companies must stop looking at compliance training solely as an exercise in avoiding risk. Instead, the business-related outcomes of the training should be at the forefront. Ideas like making a better work environment, demonstrating that the employees’ health and well-being are important or even making the company known for “doing the right thing” are all far more engaging concepts than avoiding fines.

Please join me on October 30th for a webinar sponsored by ePath Learning with their VP of Product Management Donna Lord on October 30thto explore the ways some learning technologies can expedite the software-validation process for regulated companies, and greatly reducing the risks and costs associated with compliance.

David Wentworth, Principal Learning Analyst, Brandon Hall Group


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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.