5 Ways SOPs Can Save Your Business Money

Kyle Norg

Kyle Norg, Implementation Manager

Close your eyes a moment and picture this scenario…wait…don’t close your eyes, you’ll need them to read.  Let’s “pretend” you’ve closed your eyes.  Okay, now picture this:

Every week a group of coworkers scrape a few dollars together and purchase a handful of Powerball™ tickets.  For months, they go to work, perform their duties, punch the clock, go home and repeat.  Then one evening their numbers match and overnight they’re millionaires. They’re buying cars and houses and vacations and, oh yeah, they’re all putting in their two weeks notice.  Good for them, right?  Absolutely!  Unless you’re their manager and you don’t have a solid plan in place to quickly stabilize the impending chaos that is about to implode.

Now that I Have Your Attention

This is an extreme scenario, but let’s face it, the workforce landscape is changing.  Retirement is on the rise and young professionals are seemingly always on the lookout for growth opportunities both internally and externally.  Change is constant and turnover is inevitable.  Every organization (large or small) can benefit from a Standard Operating Procedure program.

Standard operating procedures (SOPs) are a set of documents outlining practices to follow, without deviation, to ensure stability and reduce risk.

5 Ways SOPs Can Save Your Business Money

  1. Reduce onboarding/training costs

    • Time is money. If an internal training program is not in place organizations typically require another employee to take time away from regular duties to onboard a new resource.  A well assembled SOP could help reduce the amount of time spent onboarding and potentially allow other resources to stay on task.
  2. Standardize process

    • A consistent process among all team members ensures that everyone is talking the same talk. Not only does this enhance the professionalism of an organization, but it also allows a manager to more easily replace or fill in resources should turnover occur.
  3. Eliminate mistakes

    • When a process is well documented, there is no guessing game. By following the standard operation procedure mistakes are significantly reduced.
  4. Empower employees

    • Well documented SOPs enable team members to develop routines and more efficiently perform their role without having to make assumptions.
  5. Support organizational growth

    • A solid SOP template can be replicated and deployed to other areas of the business to save time and money.

My Goal is Your Success

At LeanLogistics, it’s common to hear the phrase “my goal is your success” and that’s not just talk.  We truly practice what we preach. As an Implementation Manager, my primary objective is to deliver a successful TMS Go-Live. Development and documentation of standard operating procedures is a primary project milestone included in each LeanTMS implementation. Beyond the technical/design component there is an education and best practice component that stretches far beyond the initial go-live.

Successful Long Term Partnership

As a long-term partner we believe customers deserve to be positioned for long term success.  How does an implementation manager deliver a successful project you ask?  Well-developed and regularly maintained standard operating procedures, of course.


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