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If you’re a savvy compliance officer who is already thinking about which conference(s) to attend next year, why not add Berlin to your list! This year the European Compliance and Ethics Institute is being held in my favorite Germany city, Berlin! I’ll be co-presenting a session called, “Launching Ladies into Senior Leadership.” We’re focusing on up-skilling professionals to get promotions, negotiate raises (or your next job), find and keep mentors and champions and network like a boss! Join me by signing up HERE! Can’t wait to see you there!

Checklist for Getting the Holiday Policy Reminder Right!

“DON’T HAVE ANY FUN! IT’S AGAINST THE POLICY!”  This message is what many employees hear when they read the annual reminder about the gifts and hospitality policy that comes out this time of year. 

It can be a struggle to craft the proper email or video message.  After all, your desire is to help the employees not to get into trouble, but if your tone is off, or your message doesn’t do its job, you may be seen as a Grinch.  Here’s how to make sure your message hits the sweet spot (complete with handy checklist!):

Open Festively

Open your message by saying something positive about the holidays.  This will show that you are part of the fun and are in the spirit of celebration.  Try something like, “It’s that wonderful time of year when everyone is showing their gratitude for a job well done and good relationships;” or “Everyone loves a holiday luncheon and a chance to show appreciation for the good work that has been done throughout the year.”  Once you’ve shown that you understand the reason for the season, and can relate to it, only then should you begin to talk about policy.

Go Positive – what can they do?

Far too many compliance messages highlight what can’t be done.  Instead of being a downer, start with what can be done.  Let’s say you have a gift giving and receiving limit of $100.  Instead of saying, “Any gift over $100 must be immediately reported to Compliance,” you could try, “Feel free to give and receive gifts up to the $100 limit.” 

If your policy allows for employees but not their spouses / partners to attend holiday meals and outings, you can say, “We encourage your participation in business-related holiday events and meals, and remind you that partners and spouses can accompany you, but only if you are individually paying their way.” 

Start with what they can do, so they can plan around it.

Be Specific with the Details …