In the rush of daily business, compliance often takes a back seat. As Rob Warmack, Complí’s VP of Market Development, said in a recent blog post, many employees see compliance activities as a “distraction” from their daily tasks.
Such a mindset inhibits compliance. Managers in each silo of an organization must “start with why”—to quote author Simon Sinek—their workforce obligations matter. Doing so fosters a culture of compliance, and enables parts of an organization to work together to achieve their objectives.
“You have to partner with your business colleagues in everything you do, whether you’re building a policy or training course, conducting an audit, monitoring an event, or conducting an investigation and determining appropriate disciplinary measures,” said Dan Dunham, former chief compliance officer for Aptalis Pharma, recently acquired by Forest Laboratories, in a recent Compliance Week article.
The Everyday Importance of Compliance
Once an organization’s workforce sees the “why”—catch the vision, so to speak—then managers can set up processes for communicating and managing compliance initiatives. The goal, of course, is to make compliance activities part of the daily workflow, so members of the workforce aren’t overwhelmed.
To help organizations meet their compliance obligations, Complí has developed five elements of compliance, with activities and supporting processes.
Understanding each of these elements is the first step toward integrating compliance initiatives with your organization’s daily operations:
- Identifying the various obligations that affect your workforce
- Translating workforce obligations into policies and procedures
- Transforming policies and procedures into actionable initiatives
- Automating the compliance activities required of your workforce
- Instilling accountability through reporting and audit activity
We will be discussing these elements in detail in future blog posts. In the meantime, take our quick compliance poll and consider how these elements might make compliance as integral to your workforce as your morning cup of coffee.