Understanding The 8 Core Elements Of Total Quality Management
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Understanding The 8 Core Elements Of Total Quality Management

Quality management starts with the eight core elements of total quality management.

Building a brand that consumers will trust starts with Total Quality Management (TQM). This approach started in the early 1950s and has since become the cornerstone of quality management. Total quality is defined as the company’s culture, attitude, and organization. TQM defines the company’s commitment to provide customers with products and services that satisfy their needs.

TQM is divided into eight core elements:


Most quality managers describe the system as a house with a foundation, building blocks, mortar, and roof. Each part of the “house” represents at least one TQM element.

Build A Foundation With Ethics, Integrity, And Trust

Just like the strong foundation that supports the house, ethics, integrity, and trust builds the foundation for corporations. This aspect of TQM fosters openness with consumers, equity among teams, and dedication to do the right thing.

Foundation of TQM


Using The Building Blocks Of Training, Teamwork, And Leadership.

Once a foundation is laid, construction on the actual house starts with the building materials. We use these materials to reach the finishing point. This is where training your team, fostering team work, and focusing on leadership rather than management strengthens your foundation.

Building Blocks of TQM

Team Work

Add Mortar To The Building Using Communication

Communication binds everything together. Without good communication, the foundation will sink, and training or team work will suffer. Communication links your teams together in one group. It allows for collaboration, understanding the upcoming changes, and allowing employees to give feedback on how to improve the process.

Raise The Roof By Recognizing Your Team’s Achievements

You’ve laid the foundation, built the house, and sealed it with mortar. The final step is to raise the roof. Recognizing your company’s achievements and team member contributions shows you care about the whole team, not just the management.

Qualaco, Inc. assists companies with aligning their company with ISO guidelines. Learn more about how we can improve your company’s quality.

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5 Ways ISO 9001 Certification Improves Customer Satisfaction
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5 Ways ISO 9001 Certification Improves Customer Satisfaction

Build rapport with clients by proving your expertise through ISO 9001:2015 certification.

Professional corporations dealing with safety, health, security, and other aspects that impact the overall well-being of consumers are required to comply with specific quality standards. Those standards are often enumerated by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Following these standards are not only proven to improve customer relations but prove your dedication to protecting what matters most. Though management teams should be familiar with these guidelines, certification is the next step to proving your competence and maximizing relationships with your clientele.

Customer Relationships Are Built On Trust And Credibility

ISO 9001:2015 is internationally recognized as the basis for quality management systems across the globe. Most companies use this system in their own guidelines to ensure customer expectations are met and each account is treated equitably.

Many customers now require you to have a QMS based on the ISO guidelines in place before contract negotiations even start. Plus, they want to be sure a company leader is currently certified and knows how to follow the guidelines. Simply put, if your company doesn’t prove its credibility by certifying at least one leader, your clients will find someone who proven to be more trustworthy.

Improved Quality Translates Into Increased Customer Satisfaction

Designing a QMS that stands out and goes beyond the industry standards show you are dedicated and want to improve your business. Most companies focus on product improvements and bringing its service up to industry guidelines. This is the first mistake executives make.

Consumers want to purchase products that are safe, reliable, and worth the cost they paid, but they want to know they can trust the company. This is where optimizing the entire company’s quality standards come in to play. Quality training teaches you how to align company goals with customer expectations.

Transparent Decision Making Makes Your Company More Trustworthy

Hiding your quality assurance protocols only serves as a negative message to the public. You need to show your clients what your quality assurance procedures are and how you developed these guidelines. This is one of the business practices the ISO sought to improve in its implementation 9001:2015 updates.

Businesses need to use evidence-based decision making when outlining their procedures. Making decisions based on gut feelings or failing to make your decisions public hurts credibility. The only way to learn how to make better QMS decisions or determine what information to make public is through ISO-approved quality training.

Structure Quality Guidelines Motivate Employees To Provide Better Service

Implementing an ISO 9001 QMS empower employees to do a better job by not taking shorts. Provide your team with clear, detailed guidelines and what you expect from them. These quality standards should start with the job description and move into production procedures.

Providing your employees with clear objectives and expectations also ensures consistency in manufacturing the product or providing a service. Allowing your team to think on their feet may help improve the end product, but allowing too many variables results in an inconsistent product and unhappy customer.

Taking An Interest In The Environment Shows Clients You Care

Current news trends show us that environmental concerns are a priority for consumers and businesses alike. If your business hasn’t implemented a strategy to reduce is carbon footprints, clients may take offense and place their purchasing power with your competitors.

Businesses can use the ISO 14001 as a blueprint for creating their own environmental QMS. There are always areas your business can improve its waste and procedures that are harmful to the Earth. Implementing a sound quality assurance plan shows your clients that your business cares about more than making money.

Qualaco, Inc. assists companies with aligning their company with ISO guidelines. Learn more about how we can improve your company’s quality.

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