Opportunities for Improvement are tied to effective Internal Audits and Management Review.
Companies must strive to identify Opportunities for Improvement in many ways, the biggest opportunity is through its Internal Audit with a critical review in the subsequent Management Review meeting. Many in management view their internal audit program as a waste of resources that simply takes up the time of employees who would be better spent doing their jobs. Nothing could be less far from the truth, if the internal audit program is used properly. The idea of your internal audits is to have an objective and impartial person look at the outputs of the processes to ensure that these processes are meeting the planned arrangements that were set out for the process. The audits also provide information on the effective implementation and maintenance of the QMS.
By taking the opportunity to take an impartial look at a process, your internal auditors can identify problems that could go unnoticed during day-to-day activities. In addition, they will be able to identify issues with the linkages between processes that can cause inefficiency and identify opportunities to improve the overall effectiveness of the QMS. Evaluating and taking action on improvement opportunities makes your company better and can lead to cost savings and better profitability.
Opportunities for improvement exist in every company, in every job, in every workflow. Organizations that recognize this fact and engage their entire workforce in identifying those opportunities work to create a culture of continuous improvement. By engaging front-line workers in improvement efforts, organizations are able to improve on a more granular level than is visible to managers and senior leaders.
Whether they are part of top-down initiatives or bottom-up daily improvement, it’s important that each be accelerated through the improvement cycle as quickly as possible. In this way, successful organizations are able to sustain momentum and increase engagement in continuous improvement.
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