As a species, humans really haven’t been around for too long. Most researchers agree that Earth is about 4.6 billion years old, and homo sapiens have inhabited it for only about 200,000 years.
Sapien, the word we have chosen to represent our species, means “wise.” That’s appropriate, since we’ve collectively been on a constant search for wisdom since the beginning of human history. One ancient philosopher named Heraclitus once said, “Change is the only constant.” We’ve experienced this since ancient times, but it’s good to be reminded sometimes that change is inevitable.
That means when we look at the future of a business reality like compliance, one thing we know for certain is that change will come.
Predicting change is difficult, if not impossible — but by examining history, we can make a few predictions about the future of compliance. Here are a few things to look for in the near future.
Generally speaking, trends in the United States tend to start on the coasts and move inward. In 2018, the states of New York and California both adopted measures that expanded requirements for manager training on anti-harassment in the workplace.
The importance of not just providing reliable, effective anti-harassment training, but also of creating cultures where harassment isn’t tolerated, can’t be understated. The past couple years have shown us that bad behavior in the workplace hurts businesses and people alike.
We anticipate that anti-harassment measures will expand, emphasizing proper conduct between managers and those they lead.
Safety Takes the Stage
The National Safety Council reports that every seven seconds, a worker is injured on the job. There are a few industries who are particularly vulnerable to workplace injury, including transportation, manufacturing, and construction.
It’s going to be imperative that attitudes and practices regarding safety in the workplace continually improve to keep employees safe on the job.
Cybersecurity Must Be Improved
Within the last year, CEOs of some of the biggest technology companies in the world have been summoned to speak before Congress. These testimonies led to some startling revelations (and meme-worthy moments) as some members of Congress struggled to grasp the nuances of digital life today.
With these high-profile hearings, we know cybersecurity is on the minds of our legislators. That’s good news for consumers, considering that as many as 58 data files are stolen every second!
Cybersecurity is a bipartisan issue, meaning there is often little opposition to new bills that tighten cybersecurity and personal data protection.
Given the severity of weak cybersecurity, combined with unilateral support from politicians, we have a strong inkling that cybersecurity is going to become a more serious compliance issue in the coming years.
It’s difficult to make broad predictions about the future of compliance, considering how diverse industry in the United States is. We can be relatively certain though, that more protections are on the way.