The learning landscape changes and evolves seemingly every day: mobile, social, microlearning, learning experiences, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, etc. I guess we can take some comfort that throughout it all, one thing does not change: the criticality of compliance.
For some organizations, it can be as simple as becoming familiar with the employee handbook. For others, it can be the difference between being in or out of business. In some cases, it can even be a life and death matter.
While the means of developing, deploying and tracking compliance training may be changing, the need to get it right never does. In fact, in our most recent Learning Strategy survey, compliance training was found to be the biggest priority for L&D, with 54% of companies labeling it a “high priority.” The next closest priority is job-specific skills training, cited by 49% as a high priority.
What companies need most is access to the most up-to-date content that is easy to deploy and track. The last time we asked companies, nearly one-quarter of compliance training was being managed via manual processes. This can create a nightmare during an audit. Only 40% of companies say they are thoroughly prepared for a compliance audit, which means the other 60% aren’t prepared. Having a system that tracks and measures compliance levels as part of the delivery can eliminate gaps and reduce risk.
Much of the compliance training out there hasn’t changed since it was developed years ago, either. It remains static and, let’s face it, boring. Compliance is far too important to remain in the era of pencil-pushing. Technology solutions allow companies to take better control of their programs, offer better material and make compliance more engaging.