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P.J. Fitzpatrick
Consultant, Ireland

Standard Operating Procedures

I am looking for information on identifying and mapping activities, process, procedures, and governing policies in Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
The intention is to identify and map these things in an efficient and effective manner, so we can update them as necessary.
Any suggestions on practical approaches to mapping those with subsequent documentation of procedures in Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) format?

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

Standard Operating Procedures

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) refer to instructions, normally written ones, that are intended to document how to perform a certain activity, process, etc. The key reasons why many companies or organization rely on SOPs is to help guarantee that consistency and a certain quality level are maintained. SOPs can also be helpful when one wants to operationalize and communicate key corporate policies, government regulations and best practices.

BENEFITS OF STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES
The main benefits from using SOPs are:
  • CONSISTENCY / QUALITY: Helpful in workplaces that require strict procedures or adherence to a set of instructions to see to it that certain outcomes are attained.
  • REFERENCE / LOOKUP: They will also serve as a good reference to employees who are required to follow a given set of procedures. Even the best employees sometimes forget something.
  • TRAINING NEW EMPLOYEES: SOPs are also particularly helpful to train newly appointed employees.

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