onboarding compliance

A big smile, a handshake, and a "welcome". That's what you're probably used to give a new employee. Good onboarding benefits you as a company and the new employee as well. However, onboarding is so much more.

A proper introduction to the work tasks is an important part of the onboarding. In that way, the new employee will quickly feel safe to test his or her skills in practice.  This, however, will not be the focus for this blogpost, but rather what's in the background of the daily tasks - such as the specific set of rules the company follows. In another word: Compliance.

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Compliance in the Onboarding


In most companies, there are both written and unwritten rules that have to be followed.  The unwritten rules could be e.g. a special dress code in meetings with customers or just in the day-to-day work at the office. And that is of course only if it is not already written in the employee handbook. Another unwritten rule could be what is expected when you communicate internally as well as externally, or how the company's meeting culture is.

The written rules, on the contrary, could be a specific legislation that the new employee has to follow in his or her new position. Is the new employee going to e.g. handle personal data? Then it is a good idea to train him or her in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), so it relates to the new employee's workday.

How to Integrate Compliance in Onboarding


There are several possibilities when you will integrate compliance training in your onboarding process. You can arrange a presentation for the new employee, in which you tell about the different do's and don'ts. Remember to plot it in the schedule that the employee has received over his or her first days at the workplace.  

Alternatively, you can make the compliance training available for the employee as a learning module in your Learning Management System (LMS). Here, you can upload both your employee handbook, perhaps make your own quizzes about the material for the employee, or have learning specialists to design interactive learnings modules based on gamification or Virtual Reality. In that way, you can make (at times tedious) compliance training more fun, and the employee remembers what she or he has learned to a higher degree.