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How to Ensure Your Organization Is Fully Compliant

How to Ensure Your Organization Is Fully Compliant

Good compliance is one of the pillars of a successful business. Every industry will have a body of regulatory associations that it needs to obey. A company must be compliant if they are to have any level of success and growth. Here are some of the paths that you need to follow if you want to ensure that your organization is compliant.

Educate

The first step to taking accountability for your compliance is actually to ensure that you have the right education. You, as the business owner, need to know the laws and regulations that apply to your business. In many cases, ignorance of the law cannot be used as a defense. If you are found to be noncompliant in some area of your business, the blame will be placed on your company and on you as the director.

Due to this, it is important that you gain some knowledge of the compliance regulations for your industry. You do not have to become an expert, but you should have enough knowledge of the basic ins and outs to be able to recognize when an issue is on the horizon.

In addition to your own knowledge, you need to make sure that your employees have a good working knowledge of compliance too. You cannot expect to monitor every single one of their actions, and there might be a time when they have to make a decision on your behalf. Give them the knowledge and tools they need to be able to make such a choice and still have it be completely compliant and right for the company.

Consult

Since it is not on you to ensure that compliance is fully maintained within your company, where should this need lie? Everyone within a business has their own role. While they might need to keep a close eye on compliance as part of their role, it might not be within the full remit of their job. Is it really, therefore, fair to place your full expectations on them?

One solution is to hire an internal compliance officer. They will be your expert, and having them in-house means that they will be able to respond to issues as they appear. However, there are also several negatives to this. Not only do you have to hire the right candidate and create a salary and position for them, but there might also not be enough work to engage them full-time.

For this reason, it can often be best to find an offer of compliance consulting from an expert third party. They will analyze your business as it currently stands and will then be able to make adjustments as you see fit. The expertise that they can offer is not to be underestimated and can help ensure that your organization is always compliant, regardless of how the law might change.

Update

It is not enough to be aware of the current laws that could affect your organization. You need to make sure that you can keep an eye on any updates to the law and new restrictions that might affect you. Some new compliance regulations might just require a few small changes on your part, others might require that you make major restructures and other updates that could take time to properly implement.

To ensure that you are compliant in all aspects of your business, you need to make sure that you are aware of the changes you could need to make well in advance. It will always be better to make slow and steady changes to maintain compliance when the restrictions kick in compared to having to maintain a period of downtime while you make changes.

Changes do not come about overnight. Whether it is a big switch brought about by a new law or a small change that could affect a minor part of your business, you will be notified of it well in advance. It is then up to you to ensure that those changes are put in place before the deadline arrives.

Not Something You Can Ignore

Ignore compliance issues and you risk facing a mountain of legal issues. This is something that cannot be ignored. We all have areas that we need to remain compliant with, regardless of the industry that we might be in. Make smart choices and keep yourself in the loop – whether that is through the help of a compliance consultant or through your own efforts. An organization needs to be fully compliant at all times. More often than not, it is down to you as the business owner to ensure that you are meeting the standards set. Take a look at your current compliance and see if there are improvements your organization as a whole can make.


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by Harvey Carr // Harvey Carr is a contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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