If you are planning to write your own policies and procedures manual from scratch, then it helps to have Examples of Policies and Procedures to guide you to creating your own manual. There are a number of free sample policies and procedures templates that you can use to start your manual of policies & procedures. Continue reading What are Examples of Policies and Procedures?
Your Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) provide employees with a handy reference to common everyday business practices, daily activities, or routine tasks. Training is faster and interruptions are reduced. So, how do you get started writing standard operating procedures? Continue reading How Do You Begin Writing Standard Operating Procedures?
Any old policy and procedure format saves time by not having to start from scratch, right? Well, not necessarily. Using a weak starting point can hurt employee usability, introduce confusion and user-error, and may not assist in your compliance and control objectives. The result could set your procedures project back further and cost you even more time to fix it later. So, why else should you write policies and procedures? Continue reading How Do You Write Policies and Procedures?
Do you know the 10 best reasons for writing procedures? “Because we HAVE to!” is one Reason for Writing Procedures, though it’s not the best one. (“What do you mean, ‘not the best one’? The law says we need written procedures to be in compliance. If we’re not in compliance, we lose business.”) Continue reading What Are the 10 Best Reasons for Writing Procedures?
So, you have been tasked to write a procedure…but where do you start?
A reader recently asked if we could talk about writing a policies and procedures style guide. As a matter of fact, many style guides already exist, so why bother to come up with one of your own? Your situation isn’t so unique. Continue reading Do You Need a Policies and Procedures Style Guide?
When many of us see change coming, we’re not sure what to do. We sometimes fear or mistrust change, or we put off big problems because they’re “too much all at once”, and we stick with outdated, inefficient tools, methods, and processes.
We sense that the way we go about developing procedures isn’t producing satisfactory results, yet we keep at it. We can’t afford to continue doing what we’ve been doing if we’re to remain competitive. So, how can you develop procedures quickly? Continue reading How to Develop Procedures Quickly
Microsoft Word Templates can be frustrating. Did you ever try making a procedure template for your procedures manual using Microsoft Word? Word templates that use the outlining and style features to set the formatting can act really peculiar, sometimes changing the formatting that you set up. When this occurs over and over — and over — again, it can be very frustrating. Why is this happening? Continue reading How to Work with Microsoft Word Templates