Leadership and Career

“Secondhand Trauma” a Risk for Professionals Who Handle Sensitive Investigations

“Secondhand Trauma” a Risk for Professionals Who Handle Sensitive Investigations

First responders, teachers and others who regularly are exposed to cases of violent or sexual crimes generally have dedicated resources to support their mental health and well-being—and rightly so. But what about compliance, ethics, legal, HR, security, privacy, audit and risk professionals? These guardians of integrity within an organization experience the emotional impact of interacting with people who have been...

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US Risk Professionals See Pay Rise by About 14%

After a year of salary decline, risk management professionals in the U.S. and Canada saw their paychecks move in the positive direction again in 2021, according to RIMS' bi-annual compensation analysis. Risk management professionals at all levels and responsibilities in the United States experienced an average 14.4 percent base salary increase in 2021 compared to 2019, while Canadian practitioners experienced...

Report: Compliance Officer Working Conditions, Stress & Mental Health 2022

In the decade that Corporate Compliance Insights has covered the corporate compliance and risk management profession, we've heard a common refrain: Compliance is a stressful, demanding career that routinely has compliance professionals at odds with their colleagues. But we wanted to understand more about what exactly makes compliance roles so stressful and to what extent jobs in compliance and risk...

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Mental Health Steps Out of the Shadows

Mental health challenges experienced in the workplace are often, by default, suppressed. But patches of sunlight are shining through the cloud cover. Research suggests a supportive culture can elicit both higher employee engagement and greater productivity. The Olympics in Tokyo wrapped up a few weeks ago. What did you take away from the two weeks of competition? Was it seeing...

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The Real Deal: Leading by Your Values and Actions

Integrity is priceless. We need leaders who model what they believe and who practice what they preach. Advocating for the company code is great, but trust is built when you live your values out. In a recent Compliance Career Connection event, focused on the art of the elevator pitch, I found myself on the receiving end of some very sage...

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5 Tips from a Suddenly Unemployed Compliance Professional

Finding herself on the wrong end of the proverbial pink slip, compliance pro Gwen Hassan struggled to determine exactly what was next for her. Here, she shares her experience embarking on the next chapter of her career and offers a few guideposts for fellow job seekers. Like many others in this pandemic-disrupted world, I find myself unexpectedly unemployed. My most...

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Vendor-Side Compliance vs. In-House: Accountability Drives Results

Amy Landry recently shifted gears in moving from a vendor-side position advising clients to managing compliance in-house. Here, she discusses the differences in those roles and how incentive can determine the success of a program. In my former career on the vendor side, one of my main responsibilities was to advise our customers on how the product they just purchased...

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“It Lets Me Pass the Flame.” This Virtual Compliance Networking Event Has Connected Hundreds Over the Course of the Pandemic

Early in the pandemic, a chance virtual meeting via a webinar appearance sparked the creation of a monthly compliance networking event now led by an all-volunteer team of compliance professionals. Compliance Career Connection now has reached hundreds of professionals across six continents -- spawning two copycat groups in other countries -- and continues to help early and mid-career workers. Here's...

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