By Lucie Sáblíková | 18.2.2021

The advice process: When a colleague approves your purchase

Culture – 2 min read

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Who is in charge of approving purchases of equipment, licenses or participation in conferences within your company? At Applifting, it's all of us. We all have the power, and at the same time responsibility, to take decisions about the things that matter to us.

3-step purchase

To help Applifters old and new with these decisions, we have set up an  Advice Process. How does it work? In short, there are just three steps: "I identify a need", "I consult" and "I decide". At the consultation stage, we turn to those who will be affected by the purchase. 

At the same time, we ask Applifters who have expertise in the relevant field. We do not have to follow their advice strictly, we can go against it. But we should have very good reasons if we do so and we must choose what we consider to be the best course of action. The final decision and responsibility for it lie with each of us.

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The price matters

Price plays an important role in the advice process. The higher it is, the more people we should consult first. If it is a matter of a few hundred crowns, an Applifter can take that decision alone. If it is a more expensive item, worth a few thousand crowns, we must consult with at least one colleague. Purchases worth tens of thousands must be discussed with more people, ideally including a member of our Council of Elders. And beyond that, it is essential to ask more colleagues for advice and to include the Council members.

In general, the more people that will be affected by your decision, the more people you should seek advice from.

This Advice Process mainly concerns the purchase of licenses, participation in conferences and the acquisition of equipment. In the future, however, we plan to expand it to other decision-making areas.

Do you like our purchase system and would you like to implement something similar in your company? Get in touch with us by phone, via Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter. We will be happy to discuss this with you and advise you on how to get started.

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