Sat on the beach in the sunshine yesterday watching my daughter windsurfing. Pondered interested parties and came to the conclusion it was me, her and the seal who kept popping up near her board. Oh, and the lady walking 3 dachshunds along the beach who was watching the action.
There's a tangible air of panic around at the moment as organisations begin to realise that they are soon going to have to meet the new versions of 9001 and 14001 or lose their certification. For some losing certification is a business decision with little impact but for others it will have massive impact on contracts and business going forward. With cert bodies now starting to critically look at manpower planning for the next 18 months and identifying shortfalls in assessor v forecast demand it's going to be an interesting time.
I've had a number of companies contact me looking for me to 'update their manual to the new standard'. These have clearly not looked at the standard in any way shape of form because there's far more to becoming 2015 compliant than changing some text in a document. Yes, my quote for x days is realistic, no it can't simply be done by renumbering some paragraphs in a day off site. Yes I will want to sit with the leaders of the business and get stuck into their ribs on strategy and risk and opportunity, to understand their interested parties and the needs and expectations they have of the business. If you don't like it at this stage how are you going to cope when the 3rd party auditor wants to do the same thing?
Last year I audited a company who's MD was notably absent throughout the audit. He appeared at the very end and I took the chance to talk about 'the transition audit next year' and how I was looking forward to talking to him as part of that visit. Rabbit in headlights - panic - 'errrrrrr talk to me - why? - I pay the Consultant to be here to cover for me at audit'. I've spent a considerable amount of time this year undertaking 2015 compliant system audits for 3rd party cert bodies and the one thing that is abundantly clear is that this is a standard which requires leadership and strategic planning to be visible throughout, so if the consultant can achieve this then all well and good but my suspicion is that if they could they'd be the MD in that case . . . .
So, if you get a quote from a Consultant telling you they can make you 2015 compliant with some simple changes to your existing documentation think long and hard about the VFM being offered, because it might turnout to be a pig in a poke!
thoughts on current business issues