The Compliance and Ethics Program: Outsourcing Inspiration


In the June issue of the Harvard Business Review is an article by Alan Grant entitled, “How Customers Can Rally Your Troops”. In this article Grant argues that “End users can energize your workforce better than your managers can.” His basic thesis is that employees are highly motivated and more effective when they are shown that their job performance has a positive impact on others.

This article had me wondering if such a concept could be translated into a company’s overall compliance and ethics program. The answer I came up with is a resounding yes, it can. The first question I had to think through was who are the end users of a compliance program? From a sales perspective the typical end user would be a customer, whether commercial or consumer. So I began to think about the customers of a company and how its compliance program might affect them. Most compliance practitioners do not normally think of their sales customers as people or entities who would be end users of a company’s compliance program.

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