Management Audit Checklist Templates

Increase management efficiency with a digital audit template

Published 7 Jan 2022

What is a Management Audit?

A management audit is a systematic approach that aims to analyze the effectiveness of management systems of an organization. It assesses how management teams operate the business and evaluate the results of implemented policies, protocols, and procedures in carrying out corporate objectives and safety standards.

This article will discuss the following:

Importance of Management Audit

A well-implemented management system can empower a management team to work and communicate effectively, minimize risk, lower employee dissatisfaction, and reduce wastage. Key benefits of performing a management audit are the following:

  • Identify strong and weak points of the management system;
  • Improve communication protocols;
  • Minimize cost of production by eliminating wastage;
  • Utilize manpower efficiently;
  • Improve safety and compliance standards;
  • Identify defects and irregularities from the administration; and
  • Determine better solutions to achieve the desired goals.

4 Steps on How to Conduct a Management Audit

The first step in conducting a management audit is to determine what questions to ask in interviews. Though this may seem simple, asking people the right questions will surely make a difference. Once questions are finalized, proceed with interviewing the organization’s employees. If using only one set of questions for employees and another one for management, note the differences in answers across different departments and job types. 

The second step in conducting a management audit is to validate information gained from interviews by observing. Whether the observation is only for the day or a longer period of time, use a checklist of items to look out for such as problem areas or flagged issues. Ideally, this should be a digital checklist so that it’s easy to access and edit on-the-go.

The third step in conducting a management audit is to examine documents such as financial statements and other records of the organization’s processes. In addition to the evidence obtained in the previous steps, these documents can back up the auditor when presenting their findings to the organization’s management team.

The fourth step in conducting a management audit is to analyze all of the data collected. While this step can be a headache if using paper for conducting the audit, it can be much easier with audit management software. Though it can be difficult for old-school auditors to transition to using software as opposed to paper, doing so will not only help them, but also the organizations they audit in understanding audit results.

The Problem with Paper Audits

Management auditing involves the capturing of significant notes, interviews and photo evidence in order to check if protocols are meeting company objectives. More time is often spent on data-entry and paperwork as opposed to identifying observations and actioning recommendations.

iAuditor Management Audit Checklist Templates

iAuditor by SafetyCulture is an efficient, low-cost, and user-friendly audit management software. Conduct a management audit on your mobile or tablet while on-site, use voice dictation to take notes, camera to take photo evidence and customize your forms to suit your audit. Audits can be edited online and management audit reports are generated instantly.

To help you get started, we have created 4 management audit checklist templates that you can download and start using for free. All checklist templates are fully customizable and you can create your own – no programming skills required.

SafetyCulture staff writer

Carlo Sheen Escano

Carlo Sheen Escano is a contributing writer for SafetyCulture based in Makati City, Philippines. Sheen has experience in digital marketing and has been writing for SafetyCulture since 2018. His articles mainly discuss risks in the workplace and well-known safety and quality processes used to mitigate them. Furthermore, Sheen is passionate about providing insights to global customers on how technology can help them to do the best work of their lives.

Carlo Sheen Escano is a contributing writer for SafetyCulture based in Makati City, Philippines. Sheen has experience in digital marketing and has been writing for SafetyCulture since 2018. His articles mainly discuss risks in the workplace and well-known safety and quality processes used to mitigate them. Furthermore, Sheen is passionate about providing insights to global customers on how technology can help them to do the best work of their lives.