At work, nothing raises the hairs on the back of your neck like the word “audit”.
Audits mean fault, mistake, short-coming and blame, fault, culpability all wrapped in disappointment – you have failed! The bullies incorporate love them! But the wise manager embraced them and uses them to pre-empt the bullies, by self-auditing.
The more positive approach to “audits” is when you use them to discover and evaluate the need for improvement or corrective action. To determine if what is going on, is really happening like you think it should!
Audits should be designed to determine the conformity and/or nonconformity of the management system with stated goals in accordance with the relevant Standards and the organization’s management documentation. It is also to determine the efficiency of the applied management system in meeting specified risk management objectives.
In theory, it basically provides the chance to see if the management system is working to the benefit or detriment of the company.
Audits are an essential management tool used for verifying objective evidence of processes, to assess how successfully processes have been implemented, for judging the effectiveness of achieving any defined target levels, to provide evidence concerning reduction and elimination of problem areas.
Successful companies do internal audits to verify that their plans and goals match intended reality. They help them evaluate their own effectiveness and in medical device companies, their ongoing adherence to regulatory standards, so proving their ongoing compliance and that their systems are working efficiently and correctly.
Audits, tell you what you should know, not what you think you know.