ISOs show the business world just how capable, flexible, versatile and efficient your business is. They also bring a sense of achievement, improving internal processes and procedures. But as you take your first steps, the process of ISO certification can seem overwhelming.
Step 1 – Choosing the right standard
Choosing the right ISO standard for your business is essential. From quality assurance to information systems security, there are many ISOs. You want one that supports your business and opens the field to more customers and sales. You also want one that bolsters your reputation and the one that will make you the standout organisation when it comes to tenders.
Step 2 – Choose the right partner to work with
It is common practice for businesses and organisations to work with specialist partners, like Synergos Consultancy, to help deliver the successful certification that every business wants in a timely and effective manner.
But speed isn’t everything – quality is. You want to add and ISO certificate to your business that makes full use of the process to genuinely improve what you do and how you do it. You want to choose a partner that has experience in your industry and brings added value to the process.
Step 3 – Get everyone in your organisation on board
This is a process that will affect everyone in some way, from stakeholders and investors to staff delivering the services and products. Getting them in ‘invest’ in the process is key as they input is important. By working collaboratively, you will bring all the skills and experience you need to make this process as valuable to your business or organisation as possible.
Communication, along with training and development, is part and parcel of the ISO certification process, adding value to the most popular ISOs.
Step 4 – Developing a system
Approaching ISO certification with a methodical approach will see you make the journey without feeling swamped or inundated with requests to write or change policies and processes. ISOs support your business and how it currently operates and so having a system that works for you is key.
Step 5 – Stage 1 audit
Audit brings negative connotations for many. On a par with inspections, an audit is often seen as a process that pulls to the fore things that aren’t being done, are not being done well or a tool to hold people to account but in a negative way.
In terms of ISO certification, this initial audit is a means of getting the full, detailed picture of your business and how it currently operates when measured against your chosen ISO. This forms the platform from which you will grow as an organisation, setting out clearly what needs to be worked on to add the ISO certificate to your business.
Step 6 – Stage 2 audit
This is the final step, the one where all your hard work in aligning what you do and how you do it within the parameters of ISO certification are realised. Everything is checked and success is within your grasp.
Step 7 – Success!
With ISO certification successfully completed, celebrate your success – and let everyone know just how amazing you are!