Supply Chain Tip of the Week: Clear communication is key for standardization initiatives

Communicating the reasons your organization is pursuing standardization to the entire staff is crucial for success.

Clinicians and other staff members may see standardization in a negative light if they don’t understand the reasoning behind it. They may think of it as an unnecessary change and not realize that standardization saves the organization money, enables more consistency in patient care and can prevent reductions in headcount. Before creating a standardization plan, ask yourself: What do I want to accomplish by standardizing?

Sometimes, the benefits of standardization take several months to come to fruition. Communicating a clear goal for standardization efforts will incentivize staff to work toward that goal. Following up by communicating the successes that come out of the staff’s efforts is important to justify the time it may take.

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