Do your staff comply with their Compliance training?

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Every business has a responsibility to deliver against regulatory compliance measures. This means taking steps to comply with relevant laws, policies and regulations. Most companies are careful to make sure their training on this is available for all staff. To make sure that training works well, take a moment to remember that employees are human. This means they’re not always rational, can be distracted and might not always behave the way you expect. Every year companies are hit with huge fines due to issues. Ranging from accounting scandals, data breaches right through to unfair treatment of customers. If the staff had all taken their compliance training, then what went wrong? Humans will publicly and privately change their behaviour to fit in with a group. Peer leadership can often be stronger than the values forced down from above. These internal opinion former’s will influence the culture of the organisation. Including attitudes towards compliance. This goes beyond once a year mandated training. Embedding compliance into everyday work sets the foundations and expectations for behaviour across the business.


Understanding the commonly held values and ethics of your company. Alongside how these translate to behaviours will directly impact how staff respond to compliance issues. Ask yourself where you would benchmark your company if you took a snapshot today:
  • Good: A common set of rules and a code of conduct to ensure staff are obeying the law. Group directives and instructions along with defined supervision and discipline procedures are used to enforce these messages.
  • Better: Employees show that they comply with the principles, mostly through their own self-discipline. When not sure they seek advice from line managers before they act and are prepared to delay decision. The individuals involved understand their own accountability. But also that they have a responsibility to their team and the business as a whole.
  • Best: Employees are actively living the values of your business. They do the right thing, when nobody is watching. They align and share values of the leadership team, their manager and their peers. This is because they are broadly similar, and where it really matters, the same.


Businesses are dealing with unprecedented change and uncertainty. When leadership sacrifice everything in pursuit of speed to adopt new ways of working, it can create a toxic environment. Not having time can be a common reason people cite as the reason for cutting corners on compliance.
We can try to mitigate against this by being smart about how we deliver online compliance training. Some businesses are tempted to simply publish their legal documentation in its entirety and call it training. In these situations, despite the gravitas of the topic, they often experience very low engagement rates. This has the knock-on effect of taking more time out of the business. As managers and HR teams chase people, to take a course that they will not engage with and soon forget.
Humans have emotions and these need to be engaged to make them take notice and care. For example, in the finance sector failure to comply with regulations could open up the organisation to money laundering. The spectre of unintentionally working to help organised crime can easily be made into an interesting story. Using personal drama and jeopardy, with villains and heroes to create memorable stories.
Humans resent being forced to do things with no perceived benefit. One solution we have deployed is to create compliance training gateways. Those people able to prove that they have remembered last years’ course through an online test can take the shorter version of the course. This one step alone improved engagement rates by over 60%.
Quality of design is important. One trend we have noticed over the last 6 months is clients gravitating more towards white space. After the more ‘emotive’ introduction discussed earlier. There is evidence that some of the core content should be given space to take the centre stage. This is rather than distracting learners with fancy graphics or gimmicks. It is this mix of approaches that keep the learners engaged.


All forms of training should be supported by consistent reinforcement from leadership and management. This can be done in emails from the CEO and in the daily stand up with team leaders. The glue that connects the different channels is the set of shared values, so incorporate them into your training.
Fenturi specialises in bespoke digital training courses. We build compliance training that’s an authentic piece of communication that reflects and contributes to your company culture. To speak to us directly about compliance training, you can call on 0117 440 1000, email at or fill in the contact form below.

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