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Make the Most of Routine Inspections

Make the Most of Routine Inspections

Consistency plays a crucial role in building and strengthening a brand's reputation. Providing the same level of quality and service across all locations builds trust among consumers and earns long-term loyalty. But in order to develop and maintain this consistency, brands need to routinely inspect their locations.

Routine inspections are crucial to monitor the ongoing implementation of standard operating procedures. Here we will cover some of the primary benefits of routine inspections as well as how the right inspection software takes these inspections to the next level.

Benefits of routine inspections

Have confidence in your locations

Every location is a physical representation of your brand. The way in which they are maintained can tell would-by customers a lot. Simple things like letters missing from a sign or overflowing garbage bins can deter them before they even enter. Meanwhile, a clean and tidy appearance demonstrates the care and attention with which they can expect to be treated.

Conducting routine inspections means that staff are regularly checking small details against brand standards. A regular cadence of inspections strikes a balance between ensuring critical items don’t get overlooked and helping staff prioritize what to check and when.

Catch minor issues before they become major problems

Whether it's identifying safety concerns or compliance gaps, routine inspections help brands stay ahead of the curve. By addressing minor issues promptly, brands can prevent accidents, injuries, or regulatory violations. This proactive approach not only safeguards the well-being of employees and customers but also your brand reputation.

By conducting regular assessments, brands can identify and address small issues, such as equipment malfunctions and maintenance needs at an early stage. Timely intervention prevents minor issues from snowballing into larger, more complex problems that can disrupt operations, impact customer experiences, and incur significant costs.

Create a positive work environment

Regular assessments demonstrate a brand's commitment to maintaining high standards and ensuring a safe and productive workplace. Routine inspections also provide an opportunity to identify and address issues that may impact employee well-being, safety, and morale. Knowing that their organization is actively invested in their welfare fosters a sense of trust and confidence among employees.

Not only does a safe and tidy workplace create an environment in which staff can be productive and proud, but it sets ongoing expectations. Messes have a tendency to snowball and get worse. If there is debris on the ground, employees are less likely to notice if something else falls. Routine inspections let brands lead by example from a health and safety perspective and empower staff to continue to promote these standards.

Take routine inspections to the next level

Ensure consistency across all locations

Inspection software keeps all your locations connected and are following the same procedures. Unlike paper forms that remain static once printed, mobile checklists powered by inspection software will always populate the most up-to-date version of your procedures.

Software that uses skip logic can make this even easier. Take for example back room inspections. If your locations have loading docks that need to be inspected weekly but once a month the trash compactor needs to be inspected as well, you can create one form and schedule them to be executed weekly but set the form to skip the trash compactor inspection if someone has completed it within the past 30 days.

Resolve issues faster

Inspection software also keeps teams connected when something goes wrong. Built-in automation allows you to trigger a response immediately. For example, if a quarterly inspection is submitted that identifies that signage is out of date and no longer in compliance with brand standards, a followup can immediately be sent to the appropriate team member to order the proper signage and schedule the replacement. An additional inspection can also be automatically scheduled, with photos required, as a safeguard to ensure the signage now meets brand guidelines.

Followups also serve as historical records. Who executed the followup and any notes included by team members will be recorded in the followup. This makes it easy to look back at what was completed if issues persist.

Track trends to prioritize improvements

Inspection software logs the results of all completed inspections without manual reentry. This means you have reliable historical data that can be used to assess the ongoing needs of your locations.

By tracking the duration of each type of inspection you can identify locations that are executing them faster or slower in order to identify efficiencies. Or report on which types of appliances are requiring more maintenance to prioritize sourcing a new supplier.

And the best part is you can try inspection software for yourself for free! Take IntouchCheck™ for a spin and experience the difference the right inspection software makes on your routine inspections.

 

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