Quality Management in Everyday Life and Work

Quality Management in Everyday Life and Work
July 21, 2014 seouser
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You use quality management within your improvement strategies, but did you know it can also be used across many other parts of everyday life as well as work? These principles may seem to only apply to certain areas of business, helping your company improve on a continuous scale. The same principles that organise your documents, help you perform audits and even manage noncompliance can also do wonders for other parts of your life. Not convinced? Keep reading to find out how you can apply quality management goals to almost any situation.

Using Quality Management Tools Holistically

From yoga to childcare; meetings to housework… quality management strategies work in the boardroom and at home. Here are some ways that you can use these tools for everyday life situations…

  • Benchmarking and reporting. Learning the best ways to do things, whether it is potty training your child or improving your French lessons, is done more effectively when benchmarking is in place. Reporting comes into play too, as you determine what works and what doesn’t, and how you can improve things moving forward.
  • Waste elimination. Another part of a ‘leaner’, more organised approach is to cut down on un-needed products, activities and other waste so that you have a more organised, more effective environment. Lean management works hand in hand with quality strategies to ensure a more streamlined home, office or company.
  • Checklists. These are used for holidays, homework management, chores and many other situations. In the quality world, checklists help to provide a snapshot of key tasks, which in turn serves as a reminder of goals to meet through the completion of such tasks. In everyday life, they work much the same way – helping to get things organised and visible.
  • Audits. We do audits in many instances, not just official ones done within corporate environments. Audits help us to identify current strengths and weaknesses, and determine what changes may be required in any given situation. Whether it is a daily schedule for kids or an audit of your own time management, these help to identify problem areas and room for improvement.
  • Document control. If you use any type of file sharing system such as Dropbox or Google Drive, you will already know what document management is on a greater scale. Even without proper tools that would be used in the corporate space, we use our own systems to find, organise and access documents, so that our folders are kept neat and organised.

How do you quality management tools in everyday life? Share your thoughts in the comments and let us know!