When you hear the phrase “internal control system required by Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Section 404?” do you automatically think of policies and procedures? Simply having accounting policies and procedures does not indicate an internal controls accounting system. Well-written accounting controls procedures that document well-defined accounting processes, however, are an important component of the control system you are building. Continue reading What Are Accounting Controls and Processes?
Your core business processes change in response to market forces, competition, regulations, customer demand, the economy, culture, personal beliefs, and many other factors. Business and organizational development is about business process change: not as in “process change — the event”, but “process change — the journey“. What’s your plan to document process procedures during your process journey? Continue reading What’s Your Plan to Document Process Procedures?
Writing good standard operating procedures has a lot to do with how you use verbs. If you’ve got verb power, then you are on your way to writing a good procedure. So what is verb power anyway? Learn how to add verb power to your procedures. Continue reading How to Add Verb Power to Your Procedures
What’s the difference between policies and procedures? We talk about policies and procedures all the time, but you may be wondering what is a policy and how does it differ from a procedure? Continue reading What’s the Difference Between Policies and Procedures?
I wonder how many of our clients, on receiving our company policy and procedure manuals, have asked themselves what in heck they got themselves into — “There’s a lot of stuff here…where do I begin?” Well, like a lot of things, it’s probably not as difficult as it looks initially. First, you took a step in the right direction by using our templates to develop your company policies and procedures. It’s always easier to start with some of the work already done for you, rather than you having to start from scratch. How do you write a policy and procedure?
This is one of those chicken and an egg questions. Do you write company policies and then develop business procedures to realize the policies? Or, do you write your company procedures and then develop business policies? Or maybe you write procedures and then are wondering how policies fit in since they are not a part of your procedure. How do you write business policies procedures? Continue reading How Do You Write Business Policies Procedures?
It’s at times like these — when the business world is still unsettled after several years Covid of turmoil and prevailing wisdom doesn’t see a quick end to the situation for any of us — that we tend to forget about the far horizon and concentrate on what’s directly in front of us. It’s only natural. Business processes still need to be created and learning how to write error-free procedures remains important to business success. Continue reading How to Write Error-Free Procedures
There are many reasons why process and procedures become too complex. Many revolve around “too much”, “too many”, or “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Reducing the complexity of process and procedure is simple. How do you simplify complex processes and procedures? Continue reading How Do You Simplify Complex Processes and Procedures?
Creating and maintaining a definitive set of policies and procedures represents a significant investment of resources. To make these activities as routine and painless as possible, organization are wise to establish a repeatable policy and procedure development process. It is by following this process that you learn how to get policies and procedures ‘Done’. Continue reading How to Get Policies and Procedures ‘Done’
Knowing how to organize a policies and procedures manual will be vital to its readability and usefulness. In deciding how you will organize your procedures manual, you need to be concerned with how it is going to be set up, what policies and procedures will be covered, how to efficiently handle later updates or supplements, and ease of employees to quickly find and gather the information they need. A guide for learning how do you assemble a policies and procedures manual is described briefly below. Continue reading How Do You Assemble a Policies and Procedures Manual?