Operations Manual and the Demands of Running a Store
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store operations manual is a critical document to have on location when
owning or managing a store. To fully appreciate why a manual is so valuable,
it is best to look again at what the trials and tribulations of store
management really are.
running a store, dealing with the general public is one of the biggest
challenges, and by far the most diverse. Customers are people and therefore
unpredictable. This means that employees must deal with random situations on
the fly, and deal with inquiries that are just as random. A store operations
manual is a great source of answers to dealing with these situations,
without time to ask someone else. A situation can be answered or dealt with
immediately, where without a quick reference it can take minutes to contact
a manager to resolve the issue.
expedience makes customers happy, and makes for a much more efficient
benefit is how much easier it is to train new associates, or to train
existing ones for new positions when promotions are given. A manual can help
explain the regulations, procedures, and guidelines that an associate must
know to do their job properly. Also, having it on hand as a quick reference
makes the information stay fresh in their minds, to cement the learning.
This reduces the rigors of training, giving managers and supervisors more
time to do their duties rather than babysit.
operations manual is also a way to have clear, well thought out procedures
for handling stock, dealing with theft, and any other negative issues that
may arise. Being in print and standardized, there’s no arguing with it or
Appearance and Format of a Good Store
format and appearance of a good manual can be put into three categories.
category is content. A manual should have its content divided into relevant
categories, with a lookup table that’s easy to use and quick to reference.
Also, the wording of the manual shouldn’t leave room for guessing or
misunderstanding, being at the same time simple and intelligent in how it
second category of a store operations manual’s format’s attributes is the
file format in which the digital copy is stored. There are many choices,
from a series of images to word processor documents and HTML. There are
problems with each of these. Images aren’t really editable as documents, and
have limited resolution. Word processor documents are easy to tamper with or
corrupt, and HTML is just overkill and messy. There’s another option in
Adobe’s PDF, which for quick digital access, is the best-looking, most
secure format, readable on almost anything with a microchip.
facet, but certainly not least, is the appearance of the manual. The printed
versions should be on quality paper, that won’t fade or get destroyed
quickly. It should have a neat, easy to read font, that won’t strain the
eyes as well. While looking like a work of art isn’t required, it should be
nice looking, with a professional and memorable feel.
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