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7 Innovative Compliance Training Tips That Will Better Engage Employees

Compliance training keeps your workforce up to date on the laws and regulations applicable to their role. Traditionally taught through eLearning, compliance training must utilize interactive learning strategies to better engage employees and make their training worthwhile. 

Check out 7 tips for making your compliance training more engaging:

  1. Create Awareness Around The Training
  2. Keep Training Realistic And Job-Specific
  3. Use Branching Logic
  4. Explore Virtual Reality As A Training Option
  5. Use Gamification
  6. Avoid Content Overload
  7. Reinforce Learning

Did you know that nearly 40% of organizations rate their compliance programs as basic or reactive? To combat this, our team of experts has generated 7 tips to make compliance training more engaging. 

We’ve worked with clients across industries to create engaging compliance training for their organization. We’ve discovered the best strategies to engage learners during compliance training and drive measurable business results at any organization. 

This article will explore why compliance training is important, popular compliance training topics, and 7 tips to keep employees engaged during compliance training. 

Why Is Compliance Training Important?

Compliance training refers to educating your workforce on the legislation, regulations, or policies that are applicable to their role. These training programs are typically mandatory with required completion depending on the industry and role of the employee. 

Making sure employees are fully compliant with your organization’s operations is critical for the following reasons

  • Defines and prioritizes new policy changes
  • Ensures employees are up-to-date with your organization’s regulations and procedures
  • Maintains the safety and health of your employees
  • Reduces violations and legal penalties

Read More: What is Compliance Training?

 

Popular Compliance Training Topics

In general, compliance training covers necessary regulatory and legal requirements that organizations must follow. More specifically, compliance training may cover any of the following training topics:

  • Policies — Organizations have internal policies and procedures to prevent and detect violations (e.g. Workplace Harassment, Substance Abuse, Diversity and Inclusion)
  • Regulations — Organizations must comply with state, federal, and international laws and regulations relevant to their operations (e.g. HIPAA)
  • Safety — Organizations must be in accordance with safety standards relevant to their industry (e.g. OSHA)

How Has Compliance Training Evolved?

Compliance training has traditionally been taught through passive, click-through eLearning and videos. While this training solution is optimal for some organizations, learners will better retain information and are more likely to complete the training if there are more opportunities to be engaged.

As a way to create more active learners, organizations should integrate future learning technologies (e.g. virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR)) and more traditional learning methods (e.g. instructor-led training (ILT)) into their compliance training. These learning modalities provide a more engaging training experience that requires learners’ attention and interaction. 

For compliance training, we recommend using multiple modalities in a blended learning approach. For example, an organization may use ILT to introduce safety policies, then use a VR activity to put these ideas into practice. As a follow up, learners are given job aids that they can print out and refer to post-training. 

Read More: 5 Innovative Compliance Training Strategies That Will Get You the Desired Results

7 Tips To Keep Compliance Training Engaging

1. Create Awareness Around The Training

To get employees excited about their upcoming training, your organization should consider sending out information before the training takes place, including:

  • Emails with infographics
  • Informational videos
  • Newsletters

These materials will allow your employees to see the value your organization places on compliance training and are likely to make them look forward to learning more. 

2. Keep Training Realistic And Job-Specific

Compliance training needs to be contextual. The most effective compliance training allows learners to conveniently apply what they’ve learned to their role. The easiest way to do so is to create training activities that are realistic and specific to an employee’s role. 

By keeping compliance training job-specific, learners will be able to picture themselves, or physically put themselves in the situation. This helps create a workforce that is more confident and efficient on the job. 

Read More: 5 engaging compliance training examples

3. Use Branching Logic

Branching logic, also known as skip logic or branching eLearning scenarios, leads learners down an individualized learning path based on their previous answers in a learning course. Branching logic comes with the following benefits:

  • Increases engagement through custom learning paths
  • Reduces learners’ completion time
  • Utilizes intuitive questioning

Ultimately, branching logic creates a more custom learning experience that only presents learners with questions relevant to their previous answer. 

4. Explore Virtual Reality As A Training Option

VR places employees in an interactive learning environment where they can take risks and learn from mistakes. Through a multisensory experience, learners experience all the real-life sights and sounds of their work environment. 

For example, for a safety training activity, VR can be used to transport warehouse employees to their work environment via headset. Once learners are there, they can practice the proper protocol in the event of an emergency. 

Read More: 6 Best VR Headsets for Corporate Training [2020]

5. Use Gamification

Gamification adds an element of enjoyment and healthy competition to learning. With instant feedback, leaderboards, and badges, learners will likely feel more motivated to complete their training. 

You can add gamification into your compliance training through any of the following methods:

  • Create a theme or story
  • Narrate activities
  • Offer rewards and badges
  • Post completion on a dashboard

6. Avoid Content Overload

With compliance training, it’s easy to overload learners with too much information. Organizations should avoid doing this as much as they can because learners will be less likely to retain the information they’ve been presented. 

To avoid content overload in compliance training, organizations should ensure they have a clear, organized presentation of information. For example, you could break learning into small chunks, use a variety of media, or turn your content into a variety of interactions. 

 

7. Reinforce Learning

Both prior to and after the main portion of the training, your organization should supply learning reinforcement materials. These materials could include any of the following:

  • Read informational articles
  • Answer a prompt in a learning journal
  • Read a case study
  • Complete a conversation guide with a partner

These reinforcement activities are equally as important as the main portion of compliance training and drive sustained behavior changes in employees. 

Read More: 5 Ways to Reinforce Training in the Workplace

Banish Boredom During Compliance Training! 

With these tips, your organization will see higher knowledge retention rates, a reduced amount of workers’ compensation claims, and spot potential compliance issues before they occur. 

Are you ready to create an engaging compliance training program at your organization? We’ve got the resources and team you need to succeed! Reach out to one of our experts or get started designing your program today. 

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