Category Archives: Save Time Writing Procedures

What are Examples of Policies and Procedures?

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?

How to Write a Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Template

Writing Standard Operating Procedures, also known as an SOP template, will allow you to standardize your procedures, get started quickly, and provide fast, easy answers to common Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) questions. An SOP template will communicate to everyone the procedure format you want to use. It will provide a handy starting point so you don’t have to stare at a blank page. And will save everyone a lot of time selecting the font, margins, outlining, and answering questions about your company SOP structure.  Continue reading How to Write a Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Template

How Do You Begin Writing Standard Operating 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?

How Do You Write Policies and 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?

What Are the 10 Best Reasons for Writing 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?

What Is a Procedure?

What is a procedure? A “procedure” is a term used in a variety of industries to define a series of steps, taken together, to achieve a desired result. Procedures explain how to accomplish a task. A procedure is sometimes called a work instruction. If you are preparing an ISO 9001 quality management system, then the term procedure is used to describe a process, whereas a work instruction is used to describe something more basic like a specific step in a process. For example, how to fill out a form. Procedures are known in other ways too. Continue reading What Is a Procedure?

How to Develop Procedures Quickly

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

How to Work with Microsoft Word Templates

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