With more and more organisations enlisting the help of Integrated Management Services, it’s obvious there are a lot of benefits to be gained, regardless of the industry that you are in.
All businesses have management systems in place to cover key areas, such as workplace safety and environmental management. Or at least you hope they do! Without them, you are risking a whole load of grief.
But managing all these different systems can be expensive and time-consuming. Quite likely that’s why we are seeing more businesses implementing an Integrated Management System ISO.
Respected And Trusted
By its very nature, an ISO system is a smart move. As the name suggests, International Standards are recognised globally and highly respected and trusted. Formulated by a committee of global experts, they are a must for any organisation involved in importing or exporting.
There are many reasons why ISO management systems work so well, one of the main ones being the fact that they are based on the PDCA or Deming Cycle. Named after American professor, engineer and management consultant W. Edwards Deming, the Deming Cycle revolves around 14 key management principles. These cover essentials, such as leadership, training, safety, communication, and quality assurance.
The PDCA part of the equation stands for Plan-Do-Check-Act – a very effective method used in business to control and continually improve processes and services/products.
Viable Business Tool
Instead of having to do this over and over for several different systems, an Integrated Management System ISO reduces repetition, documentation and cost, making it a far more viable business tool.
PDCA is pretty self-explanatory, and based on commonsense and good business logic. If you Plan before you Do, you’re more likely to get it right. Then you Check to see that your system is working, and Act if it is not.
It would be wrong to suggest that implementing any ISO management system is easy. If it was, everybody would be doing it and its worth would be diminished. The very reason why ISO accredited organisations are so respected, is because they have worked to achieve this accolade.
Evolve And Improve
A key part of the Integrated Management System ISO – or, in fact, any ISO management system – is continual assessment. This allows businesses to evolve and improve over time, ironing out the issues and risks that cost them money.
Clearly there are many crossovers in business management systems. For example, between workplace safety management and environmental management. Those same actions, plant and materials that could endanger your workforce could also be damaging to the environment.
It’s only logical, then, to implement a management system that looks at both. The result is one set of documents and procedures, rather than two, and one audit, thus saving time, money, paperwork, and disruption.
An Investment Not A Cost
We have already discovered that implementing an ISO management system isn’t easy, and it’s not free, either! Naturally there is a price to pay. However, organisations that have already gone down this road agree that the costs are more than recouped over time.
This point is particularly relevant to small business owners, who may argue that they can’t afford it. The point is, can they afford not to do it? It’s best they see it as an investment, not a cost.