What are the Critical Business Processes, Policies, and Procedures in a Company?

What are the Critical Business Processes, Policies, and Procedures in a Company?

All companies have business processes. Some are well defined, but many are ad-hoc, leaving employees uncertain as to whether there is a process at all. Ask yourself: do company policies exist if they’re not documented? Many people then ask: what are the critical business processes, policies, and procedures in a company?

Critical Business Processes

The Bizmanualz Company Policies and Procedures Series is designed with your critical business processes in mind.  The nine business policies and procedures manuals in the series provide key departments within your organization with examples of the primary business procedures used in writing your company procedure manuals. How do the nine CEO procedure manuals address the critical business processes?

Business Process Policies Procedures Templates

Core Business Process Policies Procedures

Critical business processes, policies, and procedures vary depending on the nature of the company, its industry, size, and specific objectives. However, there are several fundamental areas that are typically considered essential for most organizations:

1. Customer Strategy & Relationships Processsatisfied customers

Marketing is a good place to start.  Most businesses talk about the customer being the most important part of any business.  Well, if your customer is so critical, have you mapped out a clear customer strategy and customer relationship process?  Do you have customer strategy procedures for developing awareness and education of your business in the marketplace?

And what about?

  • Customer communication and interaction guidelines
  • Complaint handling procedures
  • Customer feedback and satisfaction measurement
  • Order processing and fulfillment processes
  • Returns and exchanges policies

The Bizmanualz Sales and Marketing Policies and Procedures Manual provides sample policies and procedures to help you set marketing strategy, marketing tactics, and marketing planning to cover the first part of your marketing sales funnel — awareness and education.

2. Employee Hiring, Development, & Satisfaction Process

Your workers are essential to your business because your employees are the ones that talk to and develop your customers.  The Bizmanualz Human Resources Procedures Manual provides example HR Department procedures for hiring, administration (e.g., personnel records, compliance), compensation, and — the most important part – developing your employees. Examples include:

  • Recruitment and hiring procedures
  • Employee onboarding and orientation
  • Performance management and evaluation
  • Compensation and benefits administration
  • Employee relations and conflict resolution
  • Training and development programs

The HR manual also includes a sample Employee Handbook and an HR Manager’s Policy Manual to provide a complete discussion of human resources.  Keeping employees and facilities safe is the focus of the Bizmanualz Security Procedures Manual, which includes coverage of guard force management, employee conduct, emergency operations, protection, and safety.ISO 9001 Quality

3. Quality, Process Improvement & Change Management Process

Quality is driven by competition, your desire to excel at what you do and make your customers happy.  The Bizmanualz ISO 9001 2015 Procedures provides a sample quality business processes manual, the six quality procedures required by ISO 9001, and additional supporting procedures to provide a foundation for your process improvement and change management initiatives.

4. Financial Analysis, Reporting, & Capital Management

Critical Financial Processes

Management by fact is critical to fast growth companies.  Cash is the lifeblood of your company and a fast growth company consumes cash quickly.  The Bizmanualz Financial Procedures Manual has example department procedures for financial administration, raising capital, managing capital, financial statement reporting, and the internal controls necessary in a fast growth company.  A controllers Policy Manual is included to provide the direction and organization for controlling your company cash.

5. Management Responsibility ProcessManagement Leadership

Business process management is integral to every area of your company.  Every manual in the CEO Series covers the management of that departmental area.

Each manual provides a departmental (functional) manager’s manual that describes the departmental organization structure, major responsibilities, departmental guidelines, ethics, policies, and – of course – the primary business processes for that department.  The Bizmanualz Business Policies and Procedures Sampler provides a simple, fast, and easy way to provide immediate oversight for all of your operations.

View our Free Company Policies and Procedures Template

6. Customer Acquisition Process

Sales is about engaging your customer and closing the sale.  The Bizmanualz Sales and Marketing Procedure Manual contains procedures for the entire sales funnel, sales process, sales administration and sales management common to organizations that have to oversee a sales force.  The Bizmanualz Accounting Policies and Procedures Manual contains procedures for controlling cash and the revenue cycle, which is a parallel and supporting activity to the sales process.

7. Product Development Processproduct sales

In order to create new products, you must obtain requirements from sales and develop products that satisfy the customer.  Therefore, product development procedures are found in both the Bizmanualz Sales and Marketing Procedure Manual and the Bizmanualz ISO 9001 2015 Procedures, which contains procedures for customer requirements, as well as the design and development of new products.

8. Product/Service Delivery Process

The Bizmanualz Accounting Procedures Manual contains procedures for shipping, receiving, and inventory control.  But since delivery is part of ISO and quality, the Bizmanualz ISO 9001 QMS Procedures Manual also provides coverage of this critical customer facing area.

9. Accounting Policy Management ProcessTechnology Changes Lives

Maintaining your chart of accounts, bookkeeping, and watching your accounting cycles is about transaction management, as opposed to finance which is focused more on raising, managing, and using cash effectively. The Bizmanualz Accounting Policies and Procedures Manual focus is on controlling operating cash receipts, cash disbursements, inventory and assets, the revenue cycle, and general accounting administration.

10. IT Management Process

Where would we be without information technology — all of the technology in your company?  The IT policies and procedures templates contains procedures for IT administration, IT training, technical support, IT security, IT disaster recovery, and software development.

And, a whole lot more including:

  • IT security policies and procedures
  • Data backup and disaster recovery plans
  • Network and system administration guidelines
  • Software and hardware acquisition procedures
  • IT asset management
  • Acceptable use policies for technology resources

More in-depth business continuity planning is provided with the Bizmanualz Disaster Recovery Procedures Manual.

Critical Business Processes, Policies, and Procedures

These are just a few examples of critical business processes, policies, and procedures that are essential for the smooth and effective operation of most companies. Depending on the specific needs and objectives of your organization, you may need to tailor and customize these areas to suit your unique circumstances. Regular review and updates are also important to ensure that your policies and procedures remain relevant and effective in an ever-changing business environment.

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Critical Business Processes

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