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What is a Work Instruction? | Definition

Many get these terms mixed up: policy, business Process, Procedure, and Work Instruction. In truth, most people create work instructions and refer to them as procedures. Or they will write a procedure, which is really a process. Some think of these terms as interchangeable. What is a work instruction?

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How to Review Business Policies

Many problems with procedures that crop up after they’ve been implemented are traceable to inadequate or no policy review process. Let’s say a procedure as written describes an deal process, performed under ideal conditions (i.e., real-world conditions aren’t taken into account). If this isn’t caught in the policy review process, the end product will meet requirements only through luck. Luck being notoriously unreliable, inconsistent, and uncontrollable, you’re clearly better off if you review business policies. Learn how to Review Business Policies.

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How to Develop Policies and Procedures

We’ve worked steadily on improving our procedures, using the process model (or the Deming Cycle) as the basis for improvement. The typical business process isn’t static, and your procedures shouldn’t be, either. The best companies are the best because they know “change is the only constant”. This article answers the question: how to develop policies and procedures? Continue reading How to Develop Policies and Procedures

How to Develop Intranet Policies and Procedures for Multiple Departments

Companies are using a wide variety of software solutions to develop intranet policies and procedures for multiple departments. Common intranet policies and procedures software solutions include editing in MS-Word, publishing in PDF (Portable Document Format), and managing files in SharePoint. This article is about how to develop intranet policies and procedures for multiple departments. Continue reading How to Develop Intranet Policies and Procedures for Multiple Departments

What Is Your Policy on Policies and Procedures?

One of the first things needed on any policies and procedures project is to establish a framework for your policies and procedure deployment. Your framework includes the structure and responsibility for how policies and procedures originate, the repository model for policy and procedure maintenance, and the guidelines for records and retention. Your policy on policies and procedures provides the principles to guide the actions involved in deploying your standard operating procedures. Continue reading What Is Your Policy on Policies and Procedures?

How Do You Write a Policies and Procedures Manual Template?

Your Policies and Procedures Manual Template is also referred to as a Standard Operating Procedures Manual or SOP manual, which focuses on your critical daily tasks that must get done for your business to continue. Many people find it difficult to get started, wondering what to say, who should write the SOP manual or what needs to be included? How do you write a policy and procedure manual template? Continue reading How Do You Write a Policies and Procedures Manual Template?

What’s it Cost to Manage Policies and Procedures?

A manual system of document control — paper documents, logs, change records, manila folders, hanging folders, labeling “systems”, filing cabinets, a manual check-out system (with policies and protocols) — is a lot of work, no question about it. Have you ever thought about what it costs to manage such a system of policies and procedures? To answer this question, let’s look at the three main costs of managing policies and procedures. Continue reading What’s it Cost to Manage Policies and Procedures?

Why Should You Publish Policies and Procedures Online?

If you’re using a 20th-century system to handle your policy and procedure documentation, changes will occur much faster than you can process them. Existing processes for publishing policies and procedures, such as storing printed policies and procedures on a server, are inadequate in today’s competitive business environment. If you’re using outdated technologies, you’re lessening your efficiency and productivity, company-wide. Why Should You Publish Policies and Procedures Online? Continue reading Why Should You Publish Policies and Procedures Online?

What are Examples of Company Policies and Procedures?

Developing company policies and procedures can be a difficult task requiring expertise in writing, company politics, and an understanding of business process design. Each subject you research will also require interpreting laws, regulations, and standards. So what do you do if you are not skilled in these areas? Here are some examples of company policies and procedures to get you started. Continue reading What are Examples of Company Policies and Procedures?