5-Step Framework for Compliance Training Videos

Karina Kasparova
Updated:
October 6, 2022

As a compliance officer or HR rep, we bet that carving out time in your busy day to create personalized compliance training videos is not a priority. You have bigger fish to fry than spend hours making videos. 🐟

And we get it - videos take time and skills to make, so finding a compliance training video on YouTube, or buying a generic compliance course online is simply easier.

But let's be honest, how much do employees actually remember after watching a boring compliance video made with stock footage?

Do you remember much?

What if there was a way to make compliance training videos easy, fun, and relevant to your company, without blowing the budget?

In this blog post, learn how to make videos for compliance training that are:

  • cost-effective
  • scalable
  • localized
  • easy to create and update

... and require no camera, microphone, actors, or editing skills.

By the end of this post, you'll be able to create videos just like this one:

Safety Training Video Example | Synthesia STUDIO

All you need is a little help from AI. 🤖

3 reasons why you should create compliance videos

Compliance training can be a real drag. 🥱

You know the drill: sit through hours of lectures and PowerPoints, maybe do a few compliance-related activities, and then hope that you remember enough to pass the final exam.

But what if there was a better way? 🤔

What if, instead of spending hours poring over text-based training materials, you could just watch a short video?

Here are 3 reasons why you should create short videos as part of your compliance program. 👇

Reason #1: Video is more memorable

A short video is more likely to stick in your employees' minds than a wall of text.

Let's face it: most of us would rather watch a video than read a long document.

In fact, we remember up to 95% of information from video and only up to 10% of information through text.

And when it comes to compliance, safety, or ethics training that difference is critical. ⚠️

Reason #2: Video can be watched and rewatched on demand

With video, learning compliance doesn't have to be a one-time event.

Videos can be accessed from any device, on any screen, at any time, which increases the likelihood of employees actually watching it.

Besides, unlike a live lecture, a video can also be rewinded and replayed by the employee as many times as needed.

Reason #3: Video is more engaging than text

It's no secret that learners are more engaged when watching a video than when reading a wall of text.

In fact, research has shown that the multimedia principle – the idea that people learn better from words and pictures than from words alone – is one of the most powerful drivers of engagement.

And it's not just because videos are more visually stimulating.

Videos also allow us to hear the inflections in people's voices and see their facial expressions, which helps employees understand the emotions they're trying to communicate.

How to make a compliance training video in minutes using AI

So at the beginning of the post, we mentioned we're going to show you an easy way to make videos. One that doesn't require equipment or other people, just you, some text, and a video maker tool.

The tool in question is Synthesia STUDIO, an AI training video maker that allows users to create videos with AI presenters and voiceovers by simply typing in text.

The process outlined below is based on Synthesia's features, but the overarching logic stays the same.

Step 1: Condense your training resources into a video script

Take whatever text-based training material you have, split it up into distinct topics, and write short and engaging video scripts for each topic.

Don't have experience in scriptwriting? No worries.

We have a comprehensive guide on writing training video scripts you can check out.

Step 2: Choose a video template

We assume you aren't a professional video editor or motion graphics designer (neither are we), so designing a video might not come easy at first.

That's where video templates come in.

You can choose from a variety of training video templates, and customize them to your needs.

For example, we have a dedicated compliance training template that you can customize:

Compliance Training Video Template | Synthesia STUDIO Templates

To start off with a template, click on 'Templates' on the left-hand side, choose a template and click on 'Create video.'

Tip 💡

Generate your own video template in line with your branding guidelines to create a lot of customized video content faster.

Read more about that in our Knowledge Base.

Step 3: Create an AI voiceover

Let's circle back to step #1 for a second.

Take your fresh new video script and paste it into the video tool slide by slide.

Synthesia will convert that text into an AI voiceover in seconds. You choose the language, accent, and voice, the tool does the rest.

Tip 💡

Generate localized videos in 60+ languages in just a few clicks by simply pasting in text in your target language.

Learn more about our text-to-speech feature | Synthesia

Step 4: Visualize voiceover

Now that you have a solid visual outline and a voiceover, it's time to make the video even more engaging by adding custom visuals.

There are a few ways to do that:

AI presenter

Add an almost-human AI avatar to narrate your script presenter-style and make the video even more engaging for your audience.

Synthesia has more than 65 diverse AI presenters to choose from. You can even create a custom avatar of yourself, the CEO, or the managers!

If you've never heard of them before, here's a video with an AI avatar explaining AI avatars:

How are Synthesia AI Avatars created?

Text on screen

Double down on any important points you want to cover by writing them on the screen.

Tip 💡

If you want to go beyond simple bullet points on the screen, see our lesson on the topic.

Better Bullet Points

Stock or own footage

Images and videos are especially useful if you need to demonstrate a concept or a metaphor.

If you have custom brand assets - perfect, use them.

If not - use stock footage. Synthesia has the option already integrated within the platform. 😉

Step 5: Generate video

Tadaa! 🎉

The process is complete.

All you need to do now is generate the video and share it with the company!

Tip 💡

If you embed the video anywhere and need to update it, do won't have to re-embed it again.

All you need to do is update the AI video on the platform, and the new video will be updated automatically.

Want to learn how to make better training videos? Check out these 7 research-backed tips. 👇

Comply with regulations in a more engaging way

In a world of constant distractions, it can be difficult to get employees to pay attention to compliance training.

However, using engaging content like video can help increase employee engagement and improve the overall effectiveness of your training course.

Synthesia’s video creation platform makes it easy for you to create high-quality videos that will keep employees engaged from start to finish.

Try our free demo today and see how easy it is to make engaging compliance training videos at scale.

And if you want to learn even more about training videos, we’ve got you covered. 👇

Frequently Asked Questions

What should compliance training include?

One of the most important aspects of compliance training is knowing what to include.

After all, with so many regulations and laws to comply with, it can be difficult to know where to start. However, there are a few key topics that should always be covered in compliance training.

First, employees should be made aware of the company's policies and procedures. They should know how to report any potential violations and where to find more information on the company's compliance program.

Second, employees should be trained on recognizing and avoiding potential conflicts of interest. This includes understanding what constitutes a conflict of interest and knowing how to disclose any potential conflicts.

Finally, employees should be taught about data privacy and security. They should know how to protect sensitive information and what to do if they suspect that there has been a breach.

By covering these key topics, compliance training can help ensure that employees are better equipped to comply with the law.

Why is compliance so important?

There are a lot of rules and regulations in the workplace that can seem like a pain to follow.

But the truth is, compliance is crucial to keeping everyone safe and ensuring that the workplace runs smoothly. By following safety protocols, for example, employees can avoid injuries and illnesses.

And by complying with anti-discrimination laws, employers can create a respectful and productive work environment.

Of course, complying with the law is also important from a legal standpoint. Failing to do so can lead to hefty penalties, not to mention bad press.

How can I improve my compliance training?

Good compliance training is essential for any business. It can help to ensure that employees understand and comply with company policies, procedures, and regulations.

Custom training videos can be an effective way to improve compliance training. They can be tailored to the specific needs of your business, and they can be used again and again to train new employees or refresh the memories of existing employees.

In addition, custom training videos can be easily disseminated to employees through email or an internal network. As a result, they are a flexible and convenient way to improve compliance training.