Auditing Policies And Practices

Many employers fail to realize just how much is at stake when they do not regularly audit their employment policies, procedures, practices, and processes for legal compliance in the workplace and all of their technology systems implementing reasonable measures that protect all of their company information. Written policies and procedures codify management’s criteria for executing an organization’s operations. Developing and documenting policies and procedures is the responsibility of management, thus, they should document business processes, personnel responsibilities, departmental operations, and promote uniformity in executing and recording transactions.

Ensure they are accurate, complete, and current at all times.
Revise policies and procedures for changes in business processes and policies. This is particularly important when new systems are developed and implemented or other organizational changes occur.
Communicate significant changes to all affected personnel immediately to ensure they are aware of any revisions to their daily duties and responsibilities.
Analyze business processes and identify and eliminate any duplicated efforts
Streamline processes by reducing any non-valued added procedures
Employ a cost-benefit methodology when analyzing and developing new processes.
Automate where possible
Establish firm audit/inspection policies and procedures in writing.
Adequately train all personnel on developed written policies and procedures
Use checklists to ensure audits and inspections are done correctly.
Proactively use audit/inspection results to make better business decisions.
Provide a framework for performing and promoting a broad range of value-added internal audit activities.
Establish the basis for the measurement of internal audit performance.
Foster improved organizational processes and operations.
Adequately train all personnel on developed written policies and procedures

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