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Why Are Standard Operating Procedures Important?

The important task of writing policies and procedures rarely gets the respect it deserves. Most people recognize the need for having standard policies, but standard operating procedures often get viewed as a necessary evil. Why is that?

The COMPROSE Policy and Procedure Pros decided to devote this post to concisely answering the fundamental question: why are Standard Operating Procedures important? Here goes:

Good procedures and work instructions provide a way to communicate and apply consistent standards and practices within your organization.

GOOD procedures . . .

  • save time and mistakes
  • reduce training costs
  • ensure consistent results
  • empower the workforce
  • get read and used
  • support quality goals

But, BAD procedures, can be as disastrous as no procedures at all!

Bad procedures . . .

  • cause errors and frustration
  • increase training costs
  • waste time and money
  • detract from quality goals
  • don’t get read or used

It’s the bad procedures out there that are the problem. They give all procedures a bad name! Unfortunately, there are a whole lot of badly written, hard-to-use, hard-to-understand procedures clogging up the shelves and network drives of corporate America and beyond.

We’re on a mission to change all that. Watch our upcoming posts for tips and techniques that you can use for writing policies and procedures of the GOOD kind—the one’s that deliver value—and keep away from the BAD kind that don’t get read or used.

You might also want to check out our webinar series.  Follow the link to download a datasheet.

 Zavanta software is specifically designed to make writing GOOD procedures fast and easy! If you’re unfamiliar with it, check it out.

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