This is the third in a series of five posts suggesting best practices for implementing corporate cultural change. For an overview of all the tips on this subject, check out this preview post. The first post in the series discussed tone and conduct at the top. Last week’s post was about the importance of consistent, visible enforcement. Today’s post will discuss strategies for creating and implementing effective policies. The fourth post in the series, on March 19, will focus on putting in place procedures that are complementary to those policies. Finally, on March 27, the fifth and final post will discuss tips for going beyond training in order to create effective and engaging employee education initiatives to boost awareness and compliance culture.
As discussed in the last two posts in this series, concrete changes to organizational culture cannot be accomplished through mere rhetoric, even when it is underlaid by sincere desire for progress. Compliance program best practices must be observed and supported by senior management and top leadership in order for effective controls and cultural values to take root throughout the organization.