Company Overview in an SOP (was there is vs. there's)

Subject: Company Overview in an SOP (was there is vs. there's)
From: "kelly keck" <kelly -dot- keck -at- imagine-one -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 08:54:20 -0500

Zen wrote:

>As mentioned earlier the SOP document I am reviewing is for a specific
>department within the company on how to manage tasks. We are a business
>(acquired company) of a larger organization.

>The SOP doc I am reviewing has an overview of the parent company, other
>partners the company works with, our company etc..Does an SOP for a
>department need to have all that information?

>My thought is that the employee is provided with other manuals to read
>the company and why does one have to repeat it in a SOP that is for a
>specific department. I would only write about the Department and the

Any overview information that's *necessary* for understanding the
Department and the tasks that go with it should be included. I can't
imagine that much of that overview would be needed in the case you

I may have missed it, but are these manuals in print or on-line? If
they're electronic, it should be simple to link to the higher-level
manuals (or relevant chunks of those manuals) as appropriate, so that
those who want to refer back to the higher-level company information can
and those who don't need it will not be distracted.

Kelly Keck


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