Manufacturers looking to dramatically increase profits must constantly reduce overhead costs and increase product output. Achieving this is often much easier said than done and in order to meet goals for short-term growth, many manufacturing leaders focus on the short-term solution of pushing employees to work harder, faster and more efficiently.
To actually generate sustained growth, manufactures must ensure that workers consistently follow processes and fully document problems so that management teams can review solutions, identify costly tasks and improve procedures.
Documenting: A Path to Success
Documenting and analyzing procedures requires a hybrid form of technical writing that involves many levels of company participation. Traditionally, companies outlined processes and hired a technical writer to create a static training manual for employees to follow.
Today, manufacturers who wish to implement and maintain an agile, responsive system of processes must outline a set of procedures via a company intranet or meeting-place for employees and team-leaders to contribute information about process failures and solutions.