Standards for Business Growth

Standards are everywhere. They apply to almost everything in life. We have our own standards, and we have those which we choose to comply with.

A standard is essentially an agreed, repeatable way of doing something. It’s generally a controlled document that contains defined criteria that is used as an instruction, guideline or definition.

But why are they created?

They are written to make life easier! They provide consistency and increase the reliability and effectiveness of many products and service that we use every day.

They raise the bar. If you were looking for a service provider, and out of the three you have identified, one of them maintains standards relevent to their industry, which would you do business with? So, standards also increase confidence in an organisations’ capabilities.

Any standard is a collective work. committees of manufacturers, users, research organisations, government departments and consumers work together to draw up standards that evolve to meet the demands of society.

Standards are designed for voluntary use and do not impose any regulations. However, laws and regulations may refer to certain standards and make compliance with them compulsory.

If you have submitted tenders for public sector work, you will have seen first hand how the requirement for standards has increased over the past 10 years. This is because the authorities want to ensure public money is being spent with those organisations that can demonstrate their capabilities. They want confidence up-front.

Standards in business can be very difficult to decipher and implement. The task of the standard is to define requirements rather than explain their implementation. That’s because some standards are applicable to any organisation in any industry and therefore need to be written in a generic format.

I have helped organisations of all sizes, ranging from 2 employees to 2000 implement standards that have helped them to win new business by providing assurances of their capabilities to interested parties. They raised their bar and stood out from the crowd.

Which standards are applicable to your organisation? Do you meet them? Is your marketplace aware?

 

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