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Standardizing operations, compliance, and training.

The Streamlined Business Blog

Standardizing operations, compliance, and training.

 

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Operations Mapping Method


CFPB Changes for the Mortgage Industry Driving Strong Interest in Zavanta

Interest in Zavanta Policy and Procedure Software continues to increase as more aspects of the CFPB’s (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) come online. Established in 2010, with a mandate to regulate and enforce consumer financial protection laws this year will bring changes for the mortgage industry starting in August 2015. read more... about CFPB Changes for the Mortgage Industry Driving Strong Interest in Zavanta

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Write, Share, Manage SOPs -- The Core Functions

For people new to Zavanta software , understanding a few key concepts is the first step to success. As part of our Getting Started Coaching and onboarding for new clients, I start at the very beginning. Zavanta is user-friendly software that helps you with SOPs. I helps with three core things. read more... about Write, Share, Manage SOPs -- The Core Functions

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Are you throwing money away writing policies and procedures no one uses? (Part 2)

How can you tell if your company’s policies and procedures are delivering business benefits? To assess the business value you are getting from your Policy and Procedures ask yourself the following questions: Does everyone in the organization have easy visibility on how things are done at read more... about Are you throwing money away writing policies and procedures no one uses? (Part 2)

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Want your New Hires to Stick Around? Train Them

A great, quick read from INC magazine by Abigail Tracy highlighting a recent study that argues that new hires are less interested in perks and more interested in trainings. Employees want to be set up for success. Interested? Read More Here Onboarding new hires don’t care about perks The benefit of investing in your employees extends beyond the personal fulfillment of your associates and promotes the culture and mission of your organization. read more... about Want your New Hires to Stick Around? Train Them

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Employee Training -- Are you Setting Your Organization Up for Success?

In a recent INC Magazine article, Jeff James of the Disney Institute shares his philosophy on employee training. Arguing for training programs that cultivate employee growth at varying career stages, he writes: “Training should not be seen as optional; rather, it should be operationalized and embedded into the fabric of your organization. read more... about Employee Training -- Are you Setting Your Organization Up for Success?

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The Propagation of “Busy” is Dangerous Trend

“Do you rush through the morning paper, barely skimming the headlines while answering emails and making kids’ lunches? Do you compete with coworkers over how late you stay at the office each night?” Lisa Evan’s recent piece in Fast Company provides a brief overview of the culture of busy. It is a topic that is rapidly gaining traction and there is a lot of reading material out there. read more... about The Propagation of “Busy” is Dangerous Trend

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Set a Goal Date to Finally Get Your Procedure Manual Done

Is yours one of the many organizations that wants to develop better standard operating procedures and operations manuals, and maybe even have started projects to bring your corporate policies and procedures manuals up to date, but—despite your good intentions—the effort always seems to read more... about Set a Goal Date to Finally Get Your Procedure Manual Done

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Divide and Conquer to Complete Your Operations Manuals Quickly

As we began in our previous post, 5 Ways to Finally Get Your Procedure Manuals Done, often organizations really want to develop standard operating procedures and improve their operations manuals, but their goal never gets past the “good intentions” stage. There doesn’t seem to be enough time or resources to complete the entire project. read more... about Divide and Conquer to Complete Your Operations Manuals Quickly

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Start Small and Build on Your Success

Expanding on the points from our previous post, 5 Ways to Finally Get Your Procedure Manuals Done, if you have been wanting to develop standard operating procedures and improved operations manuals for your organization, but keep getting bogged down, maybe you are trying to take on too much at once. read more... about Start Small and Build on Your Success

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

"Wait, Do you Work Here?!?"

There are many reasons companies implement Zavanta SOP software, but at the top of the list is because that things have become operationally uncomfortable. A software package that doesn’t fit, a data entry structure that has become impossible to keep track of, systems put in place that once made sense but are now cumbersome and heavy, the list goes on. read more... about "Wait, Do you Work Here?!?"

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Are the Wheels of Your Organization in Alignment?

Streamlining operations, improving organizational performance, and standardized procedures are 3 critical and interlocking components of success in every organization. But as we have talked about in many posts, the real key is getting good people and good systems to work together. If the wheels on your car are out of alignment, you are in for a bumpy ride and might even end up in a ditch. read more... about Are the Wheels of Your Organization in Alignment?

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Common Problems Leading to Outsourcing Failures (Part 2 of 3)

If you decide outsourcing makes sense as a time and cost-cutting measure, before you forge ahead, consider a couple of the most common causes of outsourcing failures and what you can do upfront to avoid them. Lack of upfront planning. Like all other areas of life, it’s difficult to succeed at outsourcing without a well-thought out, written plan. read more... about Common Problems Leading to Outsourcing Failures (Part 2 of 3)

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Difficulty Managing Project Outsourcing? Systemize! (Part 1 of 3)

Organizations large and small are increasingly outsourcing projects and non-core functions to outside vendors. This has long been a common practice in IT and is now becoming more common in other industry sectors and departments such as sales, PR, web marketing, and customer service. Even using interns can be a form of outsourcing. read more... about Difficulty Managing Project Outsourcing? Systemize! (Part 1 of 3)

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Bad Flu Season Highlights Business Continuity Plans

Experts are becoming increasingly worried about the upcoming Flu Season. Banking and Financial Services will be impacted along with schools, government and the economy at large. What if half your workforce calls in sick? Check out this article from Bank Info Security, “ Pandemic Planning: Beyond ‘Checkbox’ Compliance . read more... about Bad Flu Season Highlights Business Continuity Plans

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Good Systems Help Employees Cope with Reduced Resources

We thought this was an interesting point from the article Maintaining Employee Engagement During Tough Economic Times: "With current cost-cutting, employees may find themselves with fewer resources and more work. Most of us will be required to do more with less. The 2008 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Job Satisfaction Survey Report indicates that communication during these difficult times is critical. read more... about Good Systems Help Employees Cope with Reduced Resources

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

One Size Fits All -- Yeah right!

Anybody been in the bargain aisle in the mall this month with the “Jingle Bells” Muzak assaulting your ears and run across the inevitable “One Size Fits All!” rack. Really? Who believes that? If it’s not an IPOD or a stack of cash, it’s NOT going to fit ALL. Chances are it won’t fit ANYONE on your list. read more... about One Size Fits All -- Yeah right!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

SOPs for Process Improvement? Absolutely!

Recently an Executive coach we’ve been working with commented about how our Operations Mapping method – linking processes to detailed standard operating procedures, work instructions and policies — is a perfect fit for improving organizational performance, process improvement and re-engineering applications. read more... about SOPs for Process Improvement? Absolutely!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021