Why you shouldn’t be the only one to audit your business

Auditing is something that all businesses need to carry out. This is a process used to determine whether a company has achieved compliance. This could be in regards to anything from taxes to process management systems.No matter what part of your business needs auditing, it is advisable to seek outside assistance. You are not the only person who should be carrying out the audit, and below we will explain the reasons why.

Why shouldn’t I be the only one to audit?

When auditing your business, you can take advantage of both internal and external auditing. With regards to the former, you should involve other members of staff; you shouldn’t simply take the load on yourself. You could end up missing something important, and if you are the only one to audit your business, there will be no one to tell you otherwise. Moreover, when we are so involved in something, it can be difficult to spot anything that is wrong, which is why it is advisable to hire outside professionals particularly.

 

Involving employees

But first, let’s take a look at the benefits associated with involving your employees in an internal audit. One of the main benefits associated with this is that it will increase accountability within your organisation, which will stand you in good stead for the future. If you audit everything, your staff members will never truly learn about achieving compliance in the work place. This means more work for you every time an audit comes about. You can also spot deficiencies with greater ease, and you will be able to do so quickly if you have several others involved.

 

Professional external auditors

 

While involving your staff members is advised, you should also make sure you invest in professional audits from time to time. While this costs money, it can save you a considerable amount in the long run by guaranteeing compliance, especially if you hold ISO certifications and are members of professional bodies. With an external audit, you’ll know that you have experts with years of experience auditing your business, and thus they are bound to spot any areas of concern and advise you on how to resolve them. This is the best way to ensure complete compliance. You will get the facts, rather than educated guesses.

 

In addition to this, a professional audit is independent and unbiased. This is one of the biggest risks of auditing your business yourself; you may make judgements that are not objective, and your employees may do the same. This is something you don’t have to worry about with an expert firm; they have no additional motives – their only concern is telling you the truth.

 

You can also add credibility and reliability to your business statements and policies by having a professional audit. This frees up time as well, so you can focus on the key part of your business, i.e. what makes you profit, instead of spending an extensive amount of time on auditing, which you may not be fully up to scratch with. This is especially important when you consider that new regulations are enforced all of the time.

 

All in all, it is not difficult to see why seeking outside assistance for auditing is a must. Not only do you need more than one pair of eyes, but also this will help to ensure compliance, boost credibility, and give you peace of mind. If you’re interested in how Synergos Consultancy can help keep your business ISO compliant, whilst casting a professional eye over your business’ systems and processes, simply call us on 01484 817 444 or email info@synergosconsultancy.co.uk.

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Jenny Kilburn
Jenny Kilburn
Completed my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in 2012 I was looking to start my own business. With over 10 years improving and streamlining business systems, I grasped an opportunity to assist a local business to improve their quality and communication processes by researching the requirements of a quality management system based upon ISO 9001 and conducted my first internal audit that resulted in 97 improvement recommendations. After a successful outcome, I was recommended again and again with glowing reviews and in February 2014, Synergos Consultancy was born. I now have the role of regularly reviewing and planning the strategic direction of the business to ensure that Synergos continues to develop, whilst at the same time, still actively working closely with some of our clients. In my spare time I love to attend the theatre to watch musicals, dance productions and plays. In 2019, I attended the theatre a whopping 24 times. I follow a plant-based diet which I absolutely love. A keen tick-tock follower, I have picked up a lot of interesting recipes. A firm favourite is Brussel sprouts and sriracha sauce baked in the oven. Delicious!
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