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Work Instructions for Multilingual Workplaces

English-only instructions are no longer sufficient in many factories. It can take considerable time, effort and money to support a multi-language workforce. Developing visual instructions helps workers of any language do their jobs better and keeps translation costs to a minimum (you’ll never need to translate an illustration).

This maintenance procedure we created for a company in Puerto Rico shows how to replace a battery in a control unit. Using arrows and fading back nonessential elements, we clearly show how to do the task using very few words. At times, visual instructions need no text at all.

Reducing translation costs is another compelling reason to consider visual work instructions.

Keep your multilingual workforce energized—call us to see how we can help with visual work instructions.  

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