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What is a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)?

An important aspect of any quality system is to work according to clear-cut Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). An SOP is a policy and procedure document which describes the regular recurring activities appropriate to quality operations. Consistency is the goal or purpose of an SOP, to carry out all operations correctly and always in the same manner. What is a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)? Continue reading What is a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)?

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

Why are Management Procedures Important?

Have you heard of management by objectives? It was first popularized by Peter Drucker in the 1950’s. This is basic goal setting, where you pick (or agree on with your employees) your objectives and then drive everyone to the result. Results are important, but so is keeping control of your organization. That’s where management by procedures comes into play. Why are Management Procedures Important? Continue reading Why are Management Procedures Important?

How to Document Processes and Procedures

There are two very different reasons for writing procedures and your answer defines the results you will get with your procedures. Most people write procedures to document their daily tasks so they can train others or comply with some requirement — kind of a “punch card” or “time clock” mentality. Others are documenting a process so they can produce better process results — a business process improvement mentality. If you want to change your results then you need to change your thinking. So what’s the best way to document processes and procedures?

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What’s the Difference Between Processes and Procedures?

First, what are processes and procedures? A process defines the big picture and highlights the main elements of your business–breadth. A procedure captures more detailed elements and adds more information for functional responsibilities, objectives, and methods–depth. Taken together, they each have different roles to play in defining the standard operating model of your business. What’s the Difference Between Processes and Procedures? Continue reading What’s the Difference Between Processes and Procedures?

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?

How are Management Procedures Used?

Quality management procedures are critical to improvement. If you are a manager of a group of people then you basically have two ways of using procedures, either you are using them to drive consistency and improvement or you’re not. How are your management procedures used? Continue reading How are Management Procedures Used?