There’s a lot of talk these days about new ways to do business, such as initiating an integrated management system and achieving ISO certification.
But let’s face it, every year there are new ideas and concepts, so why should you take any notice of this one?
And perhaps you think your business is too small to even worry about it. Wrong!
If there is one change you consider making in your business in 2016, it really should be integrated management system training.
Putting in such a system, and considering certification, is not mandatory but it’s very likely it will become so one day soon.
But even without that, it’s a system you should consider if you are serious about growing and sustaining your business.
Integrated Management System
Quite simply put, an integrated management system combines all aspects of your business into one system for easier management and operation.
Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? But the chances are, in your current set-up, these different aspects are running independently – and that not only costs you more in time and duplication of procedures, but it also makes it near impossible to maintain excellence throughout.
An integrated management system brings together all aspects of workplace safety, environmental impacts and product quality, and holds many benefits for all concerned.
It reduces documentation and the repetition of processes, it’s easier to manage, and it reduces the cost of certification.
SMBs can Benefit Most
And here’s the thing: many business owners wrongly believe that because their operation is small, they have no need of an integrated management system. But it’s probably small and medium-sized businesses that benefit the most!
The way we do business has changed and in today’s world, a small business owner can become overwhelmed by the ever-changing legislative requirements and customer demands. This system actually reduces that load and removes the risk of non-compliance.
It enables the small to medium-sized business owner to relax a little, knowing that everything is running smoothly, whether he is there or not.
Research reveals that there has been an increase in certifications based on ISO 9001 (quality management) and ISO 14001 (environmental management) globally. And that increase is starting to include more and more small to medium-sized businesses.
Taking the First Step
Integrated management system training is the first step to making this beneficial change and by choosing the right training provider – one which specialists in working with small to medium-sized enterprises – you can quickly get on the road to success.
ISO 9001:2015 is a quality management system recognized all over the world. It is very focused on creating customer satisfaction, which leads to more customers, more business and more profits.
Recently revised, integrated management system ISO 9001 now has a much stronger focus on aligning management systems, managing risk, enhancing communication, and on leadership and commitment.
It also encourages the use of internal audit training courses to ensure that the system continues to run smoothly.
The Bigger Picture
If you can be sure that each element of your business is working well together, it’s easier to look at the bigger picture.
Choose a training centre where all the lead auditor training courses – quality, safety, environmental and integrated management systems – are Exemplar Global certified and presented by current and qualified lead auditors.
Don’t accept an ‘off the shelf’, one-size-fits-all approach and no two businesses are the same.
Choose one that revolves its training around achieving certification the first time, and providing the best value for money for small to medium-sized businesses.
Integrated management system training can begin with key staff, and then be provided to all staff throughout the organisation.
Internal audit training courses provide an excellent introduction to the concept of quality, outlining the evolution of quality management systems. Various types of typical management system documentation is discussed, such as mandatory requirements and possible exclusions from ISO 9001.
Continual improvement, non-conformance reporting, corrective and preventative action is also discussed in depth.
Research shows a steady increase worldwide in ISO 9001 certifications, including many more small and medium-sized businesses.
Many SMEs and SMBs act as suppliers to bigger companies that impose very strict quality and environmental requirements on these smaller suppliers. And mostly these requirements can only or best be met by the SMB itself going down the road of integrated management system training and certification.
It’s also a crucial step for any business hoping to win contracts from government and other official bodies.
However, certification can be quite a complicated business to understand and achieve, which is why integrated management system training is recommended.
Any business that stays in business and is currently providing products and services has some form of system already in place, and this will be used as the basis for implementing an integrated management system.
Less is often more, of course, and the system implemented, and training provided, will focus on key factors and keep it as simple and clear as possible.