It doesn’t make sense to invest money when the global and local economy is slowing down, does it?
Or, does it?
As business owners, you want to do all you can to maintain customers, keep them happy, keep your bank managers happy and keep your hard-working staff happy. But what can you do during these increasingly harder times?
The last thing you need is to take out a big loan to ‘tide you over’ until the economic hiccup has passed. All this does is add strain to your finances now and for the next few years. You don’t want to lay off loyal staff. How many businesses lost core staff during the last economic problem to find it difficult to replace that knowledge and experience when the times got better?
A Common-Sense solution is to invest a little money and time in implementing and embedding a management system that will help you save money, increase customer satisfaction, reduce waste and time, improve productivity and will continue to help you improve.
The ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) is a management system that will do just that. Properly implemented and fully embedded the ISO 9001:2015 QMS will provide the firm foundation for future stability, growth and recognition for your business.
Why is ISO 9001 a good idea for your Organisation?
The benefits of ISO 9001 are not overstated; companies large and small have gained great benefits from using this standard by discovering cost and efficiency savings. Here are the explanations of six main benefits and why they are important:
Improvement of your Credibility and Image – Because ISO 9001 is an internationally recognised standard, it has become the basis for creating a quality management system around the world, replacing many previously published requirements. When a company is looking for a supplier, it is often a requirement to have a QMS based on ISO 9001 in order to be considered. This is particularly the case if you are competing for public sector jobs in many countries. Attaining ISO 9001 certification can be a powerful marketing tool.
Improvement of Customer Satisfaction – One of the quality management principles that are the foundation of the ISO 9001 requirements is to improve customer satisfaction by planning for and striving to meet customer requirements. By improving your customer satisfaction, you will retain more repeat customers since happy and satisfied customers are the key to keeping customer loyalty. And such customers bring in additional revenues.
Better Process Integration – By looking at the overall process interactions through the process approach of ISO 9001, you will be able to more easily find improvements in efficiency and cost savings. This is done through eliminating the waste that can occur when processes are maintained without a view of the inefficiencies that can arise during process hand-off. The better process flow can also be used to drive efficiency towards fewer errors and resulting reworks, which can improve cost savings.
Improve your evidence for decision making – A second quality management principle of ISO 9001 is the need to use evidence-based decision making. By driving your decisions based on the evidence, rather than on “gut feelings,” you can be more focused on applying resources to the areas that will improve efficiency and increase cost savings with less trial and error to find the right decision. In addition, by monitoring the process you are improving, you will be able to see how much improvement has happened based on the data.
Create a continual improvement culture – Continual improvement is a third quality management principle of ISO 9001. By adopting this culture to improve your processes and organisational output, you will find efficiency and cost savings, including the use of systematic processes when problems occur in order to reduce the impact of the problem and increase the speed of recovery. By making this continual, improving year after year, the company can see continuing benefits from this.
Engagement of employees – Employees who are involved in the improvements of the processes they work with are happier and more engaged employees. Who better than the people working on the process to best identify the areas that need improvement, and to help to test and advance these improvements when they are implemented? Engaged employees are more productive and will help the company better improve and save, especially when they understand how the quality of the process depends on them.
So, find out more how implementing the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System can make a BIG difference to your business now and in the future:
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