Category Archives: Simplify Compliance

How to Build a Business Ethics Program

Corporate financial scandals have highlighted the importance of business ethics and legal compliance. Yet, a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) survey of 280 corporate CEOs and directors found that “only one of three directors felt that they were highly effective in ensuring legal compliance“. Do you know how important a business ethics program is? Better yet, do you know how to build one? Continue reading How to Build a Business Ethics Program

Write Job Descriptions with Reasonable Accommodation

Writing Job Descriptions That Provide Reasonable Accommodation

  1. Start with an analysis of the job that determines the essential functions.
  2. Identify how a disability may affect the essential functions of the job.
  3. Identify possible accommodations needed to overcome any limitations.
  4. Determine the effectiveness and feasibility of the proposed accommodation.
  5. Select the appropriate accommodation that satisfies the employee’s preference.

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How Policies Become Unenforceable

Policies are the backbone of every organization. Even start-up companies that don’t yet have formal policies follow long-standing, commonly accepted “rules” of individual and corporate behavior — implicit policies (e.g., the “Golden Rule”) that guide them. Yet, everyone has had to deal sooner or later with policies that are so poorly written that they’re without meaning and validity. In short, the Policies Become Unenforceable. Continue reading How Policies Become Unenforceable

How to Use a Risk Assessment Matrix for Project Management

96% of startups fail before they get to the ten-year mark, according to Inc.com. In most cases, their failure trickles down to one vital question; what could go wrong? Those who look for answers to this question early enough manage to protect their business from common risks and create the best atmosphere for its growth. Continue reading How to Use a Risk Assessment Matrix for Project Management

How Do Procedures Reduce Compliance Costs?

Writing procedures is an exercise in controlling compliance costs. You’re trying to comply with customer expectations, management objectives, government regulations, and/or industry standards, making compliance expensive. Regardless of the reason for compliance, wouldn’t you want to write as few procedures as possible if you could still conform to the compliance mandate and keep your compliance costs to a minimum? Continue reading How Do Procedures Reduce Compliance Costs?

 Starting a New Business: Hiring International Employees

At first, starting a new business: hiring international employees can be a challenge. When an organization has just been set up or intends to expand overseas, attracting and retaining the most suitable employees to work in foreign subsidiaries is among the challenges that the organization has to overcome. Continue reading  Starting a New Business: Hiring International Employees