Personal Development

How to Report Your Audit Findings

At the conclusion of an audit, the audit team presents its findings to the auditee at the closing meeting. Before leaving, the auditor also typically gives the auditee their findings that detail any nonconformities supported by objective evidence. Following this, the lead auditor needs to compile a detailed audit report. The audit report needs to [...]

By | November 6th, 2016|General, Personal Development, Technical|Comments Off on How to Report Your Audit Findings

Conducting an Opening Meeting

An opening meeting is a short, typically informal meeting to discuss basic details of the audit. An opening meeting sets the scene for the audit and, if done well, can create a terrific first impression. So how do you conduct a successful opening meeting? The opening meeting is led by the lead auditor primarily to [...]

By | October 20th, 2016|General, Personal Development, Technical|Comments Off on Conducting an Opening Meeting

Elements of Writing a Nonconformance

Nonconformances are a common outcome of audits. Although no auditor should go into an audit looking to find fault, if delivered correctly nonconformances can provide opportunities for continuous improvement. However, if the nonconformance is not recorded or reported accurately, preventive or corrective actions may be difficult for the organization to perform. Let’s look at the [...]

By | October 5th, 2016|General, Personal Development, Technical|Comments Off on Elements of Writing a Nonconformance

How to Stop Email from Stealing Your Time

Email can be a constant distraction on your computer, phone, or tablet. To effectively manage your time, it’s best to approach email strategically, rather than something that needs to be responded to instantly. Here are our top seven (7) management tips to help you stay on top of your inbox and stop email from stealing your [...]

By | April 3rd, 2016|Leadership, Management, Personal Development|Comments Off on How to Stop Email from Stealing Your Time

Is your perception causing audit conflict?

During an audit, the views of the auditor and auditee don’t always match up. This often comes down to a difference in perception. It is important to consider the role and importance of perception in an audit, and how this could potentially lead to audit conflict. What is Perception? Perception - the way an individual [...]

By | March 21st, 2016|Leadership, Management, Personal Development|Comments Off on Is your perception causing audit conflict?

Competency Assessment Under the Spotlight

To determine if an individual is the right candidate for a particular job, employers need to look deeper than just experience, knowledge, skills, and qualifications. A competency assessment, which assesses knowledge, skills, and behaviors and how these affect work performance, can provide a more complete picture of the potential employee. Although testing is effective to [...]

By | February 18th, 2016|General, Personal Development, Vocational|Comments Off on Competency Assessment Under the Spotlight

Top 5 Tips for Increasing Your Auditing Knowledge

With the auditing profession continually evolving, it’s essential for auditors to keep their auditing knowledge up to date. Check out our top five tips to increase auditing knowledge. Engage with Industry Bodies Memberships with key industry associations and bodies open you up to receive added benefits available only to members. Industry associations share valuable information [...]

By | January 6th, 2016|Leadership, Management, Personal Development|Comments Off on Top 5 Tips for Increasing Your Auditing Knowledge

How to Develop a Professional Training Plan

Training needs to be appropriately planned to ensure that expected outcomes are delivered and that training courses deliver the intended goals. To ensure that the training process is as effective and efficient as possible, a comprehensive training plan is needed. Although training can be approached in a variety of ways, a professional training plan that [...]

By | December 21st, 2015|General, Management, Personal Development|Comments Off on How to Develop a Professional Training Plan

Top 5 root cause analysis tools

Selecting the right root cause analysis tools to solve a problem is paramount to not only ensure the analysis is effective and efficient, but also that the real root cause is in fact identified. Identifying the root cause doesn’t require complex tools. Effective root cause analysis can be done using five simple tools. 1. Brainstorming [...]

By | November 30th, 2015|General, Management, Personal Development, Technical|Comments Off on Top 5 root cause analysis tools

Using Technology to Increase Auditor Knowledge

In this modern, fast-paced environment, it’s important that auditor knowledge is kept up to date with the latest standards and industry developments. However, finding the time and the means to complete continuous learning can be a challenge in a complicated and busy profession such as auditing. With the advancement of Internet-based training, connected devices, and [...]

By | November 11th, 2015|Management, Personal Development, Technical|Comments Off on Using Technology to Increase Auditor Knowledge
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