Work instructions for manufacturing processes can be created from scratch or using a template. We recommend creating digital work instructions, or electronic directions, which can be accessed via a computer, mobile device or wearable electronic device.
They need to include step-by-step instructions with visuals and contextual information, or they may use augmented- or mixed-reality experiences.
We’ve put together important steps to follow for creating work instructions below.
Step 1: Write a clear title
When creating work instructions, it’s important to come up with a clear title. Specify what the procedure is so that workers know whether it pertains to them.
Step 2: Include a detailed introduction
Writing a detailed introduction is a great way to provide context about a task and identify the worker roles that are responsible for completing it.
Step 3: Explain the purpose of a task
It’s important to know why you’re completing something. Explain the big picture and how this task fits into it.
Step 4: Describe how to complete a task
It’s very likely that workers won’t know how to complete a task without clearly laid out directions. Make sure to mention all the materials needed to complete a task. You can even use images, videos or charts to explain steps.
Step 5: Verify your information
You can accomplish this step by reaching out to experienced employees or stakeholders who know how each department operates. They can help confirm whether you’re on the right track or need to revise.