The foundations of an organisation need to be built on good governance and reinforced by a system of internal control.
Its common knowledge that laws and regulations are the foundations of any state. The same goes for an organisation as well. If the foundations of an organisation are not built on the concrete of good governance and reinforced by the steel of an appropriate system of internal control of which relevant policy is a key element, it wouldn’t take long for it to crumble.
The benefits of effective policies and procedures are seldom realised and are often taken for granted. Once drafted they are filed and forgotten and as they accumulate dust, the processes and technologies change and staff tend to determine their own policy or carry out informal procedures to the potential detriment of the entity.
An audit of an organisation’s policies and procedures would typically find it in one or a combination of the following
The following are characteristic of effective policy and procedures:
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