See Increased Business Success With Company Standards
One of the most important things that you can do within your company is to make it easier for all team members to know what they are doing, how they should do it – and perhaps, more importantly, why.
No matter how good your employees are, if there are a few things to help guide them, they might skip vital parts of the process, change how something is done, or do many things.
Standards within your company and those overseen by a standard organisation can help you do what you do – but better.
So how can you set standards within your business, and why should you consider them?
What are company standards?
Company standards are how you want your brand to appear and act. It will cover all of the employees, your products, your branding, safety, performance, testing and more.
These will be something that your company and staff all comply with. Depending on the industry that you work in, there might also be some industry-wide standards. Industry-wide standards are essential as they hold every business across the board to a high standard.
How can you measure and control standards?
Standards will be what you use to drive your company forward and something it should also aim for. However, standards don’t automatically mean you will be successful. You must develop methods to regulate how your standards are executed and assess and analyse how they aid in the growth of your organisation.
When you consider which processes will be included in your standardisation plan, look for the completed ones the most often. Things that are often repeated can be streamlined so that they have less waste, cost fewer man-hours, and have a better and more predictable output.
If you are a relatively new company and still growing, you have time to create a set of management standards. These will automatically be taken on when you hire in or promote people to a management level.
Communication and feedback are going to be one of the most important things that you have while you are creating your standard. Getting feedback from those who do the work, use the tools, and perhaps understand the process on a deeper level should be taken into consideration.
Feedback will enable you to make the correct decisions about what your standards should apply to and how they will improve your work.
When taking stock of everywhere in your business that will need standardisation, it is important to make sure that they align with your business goals and the vision you have for your company.
The more specific your standards are, the easier they will be to follow. And that means that training new staff will be less time and money consuming.
Define what you will use as a measurement for the success of all of the standards that have been implemented, and be prepared to innovate and make adjustments to the standards as your business grows.
Keep in mind that communication is one of the key factors in business growth, and here are a few easy ways you can improve yours: Make Client Communication Easier.