Types of Plans : Single-use and Standing Plans

Single-use and Standing Plans are just two different ways of planning. Planning is the activity of structuring and scheduling to meet the ultimate goal. Let’s look at the two different ways of doing this.

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Types of Plans

Standing Plans

Standing plans are made to be used multiple times. I.e. again and again. These plans are formulated to guide managerial decisions and actions on problems which are recurring in nature. When there is a pattern, all you have do is to figure that pattern out, front-load this effort and always look out for it.

This way there’s a plan for it before it happens. Say, you have a new employee boarding program and every batch comes with a similar set of questions. Isn’t it easier to address most of them in a pre-written FAQ made as thoroughly as possible? These are processed building activities that last.

Single-use and Standing Plans

These plans provide parity across platforms. A standard procedure that leaves no or little place for doubt. They help improve coordination and also overcome ineffective management. Like any other plan, standing plans also include goals, procedures, methods and steps, and the ground rules.

With respect to a business environment, a single-use plan is one that is developed for a one-off project and has one objective. The length of the plan will depend on the project in question and can vary from one week to a few months to one year even.

Single-use plans consist of budgets, programs and a description of the employees who will be contributing to the single-use plan in question.

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Single-Use Plan

These plans are made for handling non-recurring problems. Single-use plans are also known as ‘specific plans’ since their objective is to solve a particular problem. These plans are formulated to handle a non-repetitive and unique problem.

Such single-use plans cannot be used repeatedly since they become useless after they have achieved their objective. Some examples are budgets, programmes, project reports, etc.

Standing plans are often policies, procedures, and programs developed to ensure the smooth operation of a business. Standing plans are often developed once and often undergo modification as per the needs of the business.

Examples of standing plans include policies for hiring, employee interaction, procedures for reporting internal issues, or complaints to the HR department, etc. and regulations in terms of what is permitted and what is prohibited in the workplace.

Difference between Single-use and Standing Plans

  1. Single-use and Standing Plans- Well, the primary difference between Single-use and Standing Plans is that Standing used plans may be defined as a long term approachable plan which is prepared by the top level managers of the organization. On the other hand, single-use plans may be defined as a short term approachable this is prepared by the lower level managers of the organization.
  2. Single-use and Standing Plans- The standing Use Plans are stable in nature. It cannot be changed at any cost. On the other hand, Single Use Plans are flexible in nature & it can be changed as per the conditions of the organization.
  3. Single-use and Standing Plans- So, the objective of Standing Use Plans are to attain the primary goals of the organization. Whereas the objective of Single-Use Plans is to attain the specific goals or to remove the specific problems of the organization.
  4. Single-use and Standing Plans- Standing Use Plans are made for a long duration of time. For example – Objectives of the organization, Policy of organization etc. Where as Single Use Plans are made for a short period of time. For example – Programs of an organization, Budgets of an organization.

Questions on Types of Plans

  1. What’s the objective level difference between Single-use and Standing Plans?

Answer: The standing Use Plans are based upon the primary objectives of an organization. On the other hand, Single Use Plans are based upon the standing use plans of the organization.

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