Good work instructions go beyond just documenting a process. They enable employees to learn new skills and perform their jobs better.
Traditional instructions built in Excel or Powerpoint are failing to support employee performance or meet the needs of modern manufacturers — this guide can help you adjust.
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SOPs are written processes that describe in detail how to perform a work task specific to your operations. Documenting standards properly allows businesses to comply with regulatory and quality standards, train more effectively, and enable a culture of continuous improvement.
Work instructions provide the same benefits of standard operating procedures, but give more detail to the worker in order to instruct on how to complete a task with little to no prior knowledge. In short, work instructions are the how-to guides of your operations.
Training materials are closely related to work instructions, with the key difference being that you’ll want to verify that certain knowledge is retained, and that key processes or techniques are up to safety and quality standards. In this sense, data collections and supervisor signoffs are key components of training documentation.
Standard Work is the roadmap for all processes and business functions. Put simply, it is the living record of the best known practices at the time. In fact Taiichi Ohno, the founder of the Toyota Production System, once said, “Without standards, there can be no Kaizen.”
Dozuki is the leading standard work instruction software. Our platform provides a standardized work instruction template that allows you to manage changes, collect essential data, and implement improvements quickly.