5 benefits provided by process standardization
Have you ever wondered how an automatic door works, why each lane must be at least 2.2 m wide, or how does the PayPal system work?
The answer is straightforward – everything is standard-based.
It is entirely natural that we do not pay much attention to the things that work and do not think about how that happens. But someone was thinking about it.
Every action, no matter how often it is performed, requires specific rules that define the quality, the sequence of activities in the procedure itself, as well as the methods to be followed. Standards and standardization are of great importance in different, and almost all, life situations. They allow us to live in a more accessible, safer, and peaceful way.
Through today’s article, we will deal with the answers to some of the following questions:
What is a standard?
The standard is a harmonized, reproducible, and documented way in which something needs to be done. It represents a norm, a map, whose guidelines should be followed due to specific tasks’ execution.
What is standardization?
Standardization represents establishing and recording a set of rules that regulate the way specific tasks are performed. It represents the unification of operations whose final product should satisfy certain qualities. The most well-known form of standardization is the ISO standard.
Standardization of work does not mean monotony.
On the contrary, it makes our lives easier. 🙂
What are the benefits of process standardization?
We have singled out as many as five benefits that standardization brings, namely:
- Less guesswork and ambiguity – Complex tasks can be a problem that takes time to guess. With clear work instructions, employees will spend less time figuring out what and how to do something, and more on realizing itself.
- Increasing productivity – Teamwork provides better productivity, and this happens if the team is trained to act in the same way when performing a particular task. The goal of standardization is to boost productivity with as little inefficiency as possible.
- Quality – The quality of work results is reflected in the standardization of the process itself. With the lack of standardization, there is a higher chance of certain ambiguities, and as a consequence, more insufficient quality occurs.
- Better service – If your company is productive and efficient, the result will undoubtedly be a good service, and therefore satisfied customers or consumers.
- Impact on employee satisfaction – Not knowing whether a particular job is done in a good or bad way can be very stressful. Business processes regulated by standards encourage employees to work more efficiently and with quality, further affecting the motivation itself. Instead of being uninformed, uncertain, and inefficient, employees will perform their tasks clearly and in prescribed ways.
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