Finding comfort, health and happiness in the compliance & risk professions.


Is a Tired Mind an Unethical Mind?

We’ve been warned of the dangers of driving while drowsy, but what about the personal and business risks of running a compliance function without making time for rest?

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Lisa Beth Lentini Walker

Despite Its Status as a Buzzword, Community Still Counts

The concept of community is thrown around so often, that in some respects it has lost its true meaning. Beyond the buzzword, communities play a vital role in shaping societies, organizations and individuals in many ways. Community also adds purpose and joy.

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Lisa Beth Lentini Walker

No Isn’t a Four-Letter Word. How to Get Comfortable Saying No in 2024.

We all want to be helpful, and in many cases, compliance professionals have been conditioned to say yes (if only to avoid hanging a negative perception on the department). But saying yes when you really cannot or do not want to do something does more harm than good in the long run.

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Lisa Beth Lentini Walker

5 Ways to Promote Well-Being When You’ve Got No Budget for It

A well-funded well-being program is a luxury in many organizations, meaning that in lean times, it may well end up on the budgetary chopping block. But creating a culture of well-being doesn’t have to cost much — if anything at all.

Leadership & Career


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How Autonomy Can Improve Workplace Well-Being

Letting employees take control of their own careers can make them happier, more engaged and more productive. Just be sure to build a culture of trust before you hand them the keys. “I do it myself.” This is a phrase that parents everywhere hear uttered by 2-year-olds as they start asserting independence. Every toddler knows...

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Psychological Safety: An Essential Workplace Guide

A record 50 million U.S. workers quit their jobs in 2022, and the Great Resignation has prompted organizations to reassess their approach to the employee experience. As FDM Group’s Sheila Flavell explains, a research-backed practice known as psychological safety may help leaders boost retention and overall team effectiveness. Employees should feel valued by their organization...

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Building a Workplace Well-Being Strategy? Start With Appreciation & Gratitude.

The Covid pandemic has given us all a lesson in how our physical and emotional well-being can be affected by workplace stress, and employers are increasingly building workplace well-being strategies. Author and consultant Anna Eliatamby shares her recommendations for a humanity-centered strategy discussion. Well-being strategies have become a popular organizational intervention because of Covid and...


Harnessing the Power of the Pause

In our hyper-connected world, it’s easy to push our human need for peace to the back-burner. But a well-being practice isn’t just about active mindfulness; it’s also about embracing stillness. It seems like 2023 began with a burst of energy. There are taxes to be filed, programs to be assessed, momentum and lift achieved. In...

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Tiny Steps Can Have a Big Impact

We know change doesn’t come easy, which is why making sweeping declarations doesn’t usually work. But where big changes often prove too challenging, bite-sized ones can have a big impact. Last column we spoke about setting themes for the year ahead rather than resolutions. While it is important to have a general guide to what...

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New Beginnings & New Understandings

As the calendar rolls into February, the percentage of us who have kept our New Year’s resolutions is likely pretty small. CCI’s Well-Being Editor Lisa Beth Lentini Walker explores a better way of setting resolutions — or better yet, setting intentions. Each year, people focus on setting new year’s resolutions and without fail, the vast...

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The Best Gifts Are Often Free

One of the challenges for the mindfully ethical leader is finding ways to connect during the holiday season without violating gifts and entertainment limits or making the other person uncomfortable. How can you give this season without running afoul of ethics policies? Both at work and at home, we often give gifts to establish or...

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How to De-Stress Budgeting for Your Compliance Program

Strong compliance programs don’t just happen. They require planning — and budgeting. Being thoughtful and proactive will help drive appropriate budgeting that supports and promotes program effectiveness, while reducing your stress both now and throughout the next fiscal year. ’Tis the season of budget management. Every year, around the time fall beverages show up at...

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How to Make Friends With Your Inner Voice

Most of us have an inner voice running through our heads constantly, spewing upwards of 4,000 words per minute. Because they’re with us all the time, these inescapable voices can systematically undermine our mental health, even causing us to make foolish career decisions. Have you ever heard yourself talk in your head? If you have,...

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Stress Happens. Have You Checked on Your Well-Being?

Regular fare for compliance professionals includes threats of regulatory enforcement, loss of resources, businesspeople who are intent on undermining the program, investigations into challenging areas, audits, ongoing remediations and many other situations. Ensuring that we are emotionally well and aligned with our purpose is important in an era of dwindling resources. Just as we conduct...

‘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...

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...

Thriving in Our Stressful Profession

Thriving in Our Stressful Profession

Compliance is an undeniably stressful profession. When you combine the typical challenges encountered in the corporate world with the task of managing uncertainty — and then compound this with the all-too frequent issues of limited resources and support — it’s no wonder so many dedicated compliance professionals find themselves dangerously close to burnout. Then top...

3 Steps to Practicing Self-Compassion

3 Steps to Practicing Self-Compassion

Have you practiced any self-compassion lately? Showing ourselves compassion is strongly linked to our overall well-being. Compassion is when we recognize someone’s struggles and feel motivated to comfort or resolve those struggles. So, when we think of self-compassion, it is an introspective way to look at our own struggles and comfort ourselves. It really boils...

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