HR Best Practices: The Importance of Building a Compliance Culture

December 8, 2018

Maintaining a healthy work environment is a primary goal for any HR professional or business owner. One facet of Human Resources development that may get pushed to the wayside, however, is establishing a culture of compliance.

While the temptation may be to cross that bridge when you come to it in terms of new legislation, it is important to develop a work culture that focuses on compliance. Here is everything you need to know about the importance of building a compliance culture.

It Establishes Clear Strategies and Procedures

Building a culture of compliance is about much more than developing procedures for approaching new legislation, but this is where the development process must begin.

When your human resources strategies are focused on building a culture of compliance rather than only addressing compliance when new legislation arises, you are forced to direct your efforts toward establishing strategies for compliance early and often.

As a savvy business owner, you know that being prepared for everything is key for your small business’ success. By developing procedures for compliance before they are necessary, your staff is fully prepared for when new legislation does arise.

By establishing those procedures to build a compliance culture, your employees are primed with a systematic approach for any new legislation.

No longer will they have to spend weeks trying to figure out how to carry out daily operations in light of new regulations. A business culture of compliance means that each employee has a clear-cut idea of how to navigate new legislation and remain within the confines of the law.

It Promotes Self-Regulation

A positive byproduct of a compliance culture with clear procedures is that it promotes self-regulation. Workplace cultures with clear expectations of compliance are those in which each employee already knows what to expect when new legislation arises.

This is not to say that employers will never have to conference with their staff again, but when compliance is the prevailing idea in a workplace, your employees have already developed a mindset geared toward how they can follow guidelines rather than waiting for you to provide all of the guidance.

It Encourages Honest Business Practices

The beautiful thing about developing a culture in the workplace is that it is a holistic process. Workplace culture encompasses all aspects of your business – from the copy room, to the boardroom, to the parking lot.

By developing a culture of integrity regarding legislation, you are showing your employees that your business is one that values honest work.

A company with a culture of compliance is one where employees closely follow regulations and hold themselves to a higher standard. Once the precedent is set that compliance is a core value of your organization, you may be pleasantly surprised to find that other aspects of your business improve as well!

Developing a positive work environment is a tall order for any business owner, and that can be further complicated by ever changing legislature. If approaching these difficulties by building a compliance culture seems daunting, you may be in need of human resources consulting. The HR experts at Commonwealth Payroll & HR are confident and experienced professionals who know just how to help develop your business thrive. Call us today at (978) 599-1500!

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