2/23/2008 2:00 AM
When you produce or prepare food, you must meet a number of compliance regulations. Some regulations are simple to follow while others are complex and require constant monitoring. As you gain more experience in your business, you will probably want to make changes to improve your food safety. Once you spot a problem, you should devise a creative solution.
When you have come up with a great idea, you may think you can implement some food inspection software quickly. However, the reality is you will have to face some challenges. There are two types of challenges you will most likely face as you try to change your food safety practices.
Many people resist change. The barriers to change include thinking that the current process is good enough, that it is too difficult to make a change, or that change requires too much effort. This type of thinking says, “The current process is good enough.” Another type of thinking is that it is safer to keep things as they are. Any change requires some risk. It is possible a new change could make things worse.
But the problem with inertia is that your business can become static and lose the opportunity for growth and improvement. Businesses need change to stay dynamic. And dynamic businesses stay ahead of the competition.
So when you have a good idea, put in the effort to convince your coworkers and management team that this idea is worth a try. Presenting how the idea would work and the potential benefits can help others see more clearly that change can be good.
Many changes require money, gaining approval, and changing a current process or procedure. Once you have convinced company team members to make some changes, you must figure out how to manage the costs of the changes. Getting the necessary approval may require several steps so prepare the necessary documentation and plan out how to best accomplish those steps. Then, if you are replacing a current system, look for ways to make the changes with the least amount of disruption to your business. This process can go much more smoothly if you bring enthusiasm and creative thinking to it.
A great way to open up growth and improvement for your business is to use a quality assurance software. Quality management software monitors your current processes and identifies how to comply with food safety regulations. It gathers important data and compiles it into reports. A great software makes it easier to see what is working well and what is not.
All systems require work to maintain but having technology automate some elements of your business gives you the opportunity to get your day to day work done and look for ways to enhance your business. Exceeding expectations can really take your business further.