Standard Work Instructions or SOP’s enable you to work SMART, not HARD
Standard Work Instructions, Standard Operating Procedures or what ever you wish to call them must be designed to determine the BEST possible way to carry out any operation in your business. The SOP’s must be the most efficient, most effective way to do that operation. SOP’s help a business have predictable end results in Quality, Cost and Delivery, these being the 3 things your customers both internal and external not just expect but demand.
The development and use of SOPs is an integral part of any successful quality system. It also provides individuals with the information to perform a job/task properly and drives consistency in the quality and integrity of a product or process through consistency.
SOP’s can also be used as a part of a personnel training program, since they provide detailed work instructions. When historical data is being evaluated for current use, SOP’s can be valuable for reconstructing project activities. In addition, SOP’s are frequently used as checklists by inspectors when auditing procedures. Ultimately, the benefits of a valid SOP will reduced work effort, along with consistent quality.
There are other tools available on this web site which will support you in developing your own Standard Work Instructions (SOP’s)
There is nothing new about Standardised Working, and as a concept it is probably one of the oldest (historically) of the tools available to us, and one that is in common use in most kitchens throughout the world – what is a recipe book? – Its a collection of SOP’s
The earliest recorded example is from Durham Cathedral and dates from c1140, probably one of the best known is Mrs Beatons Cook Book dating from 1912.
So nothing new or novel in these then!
When producing standard operating procedures ask yourself the following questions.
Standard Work Instructions or SOP’s enable you to work SMART, not HARD.
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