12 Job Aid Examples to Use in 2024

Lauren Funaro
August 16, 2022
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Job aids are a fast easy and effective way to beef up any training program. Here are some top job aid examples used by expert companies!
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The average U.S. company spent $1,071 per employee in 2021 on training costs. 

While this is some serious money, it’s a necessary expense to strengthen employee skill sets and boost individual and organizational performance. But what’s unfortunate is that employees are likely to forget 70 percent of what they learned within the first 24 hours.

That’s when a lot of time and money gets wasted.

Employees are prone to distractions and information overload that make them uncertain about processes and tasks. Luckily, job aids can support workplace learning, helping teams quickly remember or access the information they need to do the tasks at hand.

In this guide, we’ll go a step further and show you some of the best job aid examples you can use in your day-to-day operations to facilitate learning retention and boost productivity.

What is a job aid?

Job aids are visual training documents that show employees how to perform their assignments viably and productively. 

These aids can take different shapes, such as step-by-step guides, checklists, flowcharts, graphs or explainer videos.

Job aids offer a framework for workers to perform complex tasks quickly, safely and efficiently. They reduce the likelihood of mistakes, increase consistency and enable all team members to perform best practices.

How to write a job aid

Before we talk examples, here’s a quick rundown of how to create a job aid that can genuinely help your employees:

  • Identify and understand your target employees’ needs and preferences. 
  • Get buy-in from management to avoid any confusion later.
  • Collect and consolidate your information.
  • Choose a job aid format based on the type of content you want to present.
  • Draft your job aid, ensuring it’s carefully worded and visually appealing. 
  • Encourage and implement employee feedback.

Now that you have the basic job aid framework in mind, it's time to get down to business.

12 best job aid examples for inspiration

Let’s take a closer look at some of the best examples of different job aid templates and examples. In this list you'll find:

  1. Step-by-step guides.
  2. Standard operating procedures.
  3. Video tutorials.
  4. Training manuals.
  5. Flowcharts.
  6. Quick reference guides.
  7. Checklists.
  8. Decision tables.
  9. Case studies.
  10. Employee handbooks.
  11. Troubleshooting guides.
  12. Self-assessment tools.

1. Step-by-step job aid example 

This job aid breaks down tasks into chronological (and relevant) steps to help users achieve the intended goal. At times, it also includes supporting screenshots and illustrations to serve as quick visual reminders.

You can use it to explain processes simply and effectively. Make sure your headers and explainer copy are short and to the point, like this step-by-step procedure made with Scribe

Notice how it has a sequential flow with no alternate paths. There’s no scope for confusion or decision-making on the user’s part when they sit down to do the task. 

Also, a short introduction provides users with background and guidelines (in this case, how making Slack channels is useful for organizing conversations around a certain topic or a group of people).

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If you want to keep things mostly visual and super brief, consider creating a step-by-step infographic like this one from Venngage.

While infographics are attractive, we don’t recommend them for complicated tasks that would benefit from screenshots and illustrations. 

2. Standard operating procedure job aid examples

These documents outline the standard steps and practices for consistently performing tasks or processes.

Standard operating procedures (SOPs) are especially useful in regulated industries like finance, healthcare or manufacturing. These regimented guides help teams organize and keep track of policies, processes and responsibilities.

SOPs usually include:

  • Purpose: The goal of this task or process, and why it's important.
  • Scope: The scope of an SOP focuses on the what of your SOP, such as key elements and timeline.
  • Responsibilities: This lists the individual or job position in charge of what action, and when.
  • Procedure: This step-by-step outline usually includes numbered tasks, descriptions and illustrations or screenshots.
  • Supporting Documentation: Include any additional resources, training materials or guides.
  • Revision History: As industry regulations and company policies change, you want to keep track of SOP updates.
  • Approval: Mark who has verified the document and when.

Check out this SOP template made with Scribe. This breaks down each step of the document, and uses Scribe to embed step-by-step guides for each task.

3. Video job aid example

Not all job aids have to be in print. Think about it: when undertaking soft skill training, would you prefer looking at an eight-page printed document or simply playing a talking head video that gives you a live demonstration?


Besides, e-learning can boost knowledge retention rates by a staggering 25 to 60 percent, which makes sense considering employees retain 95 percent of a message when they watch it in a video compared to the 10 percent when reading it in text. 

Creating a video job is similar to that of the traditional format. The only difference is you’ll need an engaging script that you can convert into a simple storyboard and a video creation tool like Animaker.

What’s more, you can choose from various video job aid formats depending on your content. How-to videos, for instance, are perfect for explaining DIY tasks like this one.

But if you want your team members to learn how to use new software, giving them a screen capture walk-through or product demo would be more appropriate.

Here’s a product demo from Scribe:

‎You can also consider making listicle videos to present step-by-step processes and lists or explainer videos that work best to explain relatively complicated concepts.

Note that when you're making videos, you need to make sure that employees have access and a strong enough VPN to view and use the videos in real time.

4. Training manual job aid examples

Training manuals are usually a combination of job aids and other resources. They're often used in employee onboarding to get new teammates up to speed, or to help current employees learn new software or processes.

The format for your training manual will vary based on the use case, but it will usually include:

  • An introduction and table of contents.
  • An overview of the different training sessions and their objectives.
  • A break down of each training, with individual job aids.
  • Additional evaluations as needed.

Check out this training manual job aid example made with Scribe.

5. Flowchart job aid examples

Suitable for complex tasks, these job aids present in the form of a diagram and involve a sequence of actions employees need to take to complete the job. 

As each task has consequences for every action, employees must have thorough knowledge when performing it.  

Flowcharts use a rich mix of symbols, questions, lines and decision points to guide employees to their next decision and eventually arrive at a solution. That's why it’s better to use these when performing tasks with “Yes” or “No” decisions.

Here’s a fun and simple flowchart from Venngage

Here, the reader can figure out where or not to nap by following a series of yes or no answers. (It’s a trick question. We know the answer is always “yes, you should nap!”)

You can also use a flowchart to visualize two parts or options. Place two flowcharts side-by-side or show how two paths from the same starting points can diverge. This lets the user compare and contrast for better decision-making. 

Here's how it should look.

Besides “yes/no” statements, you can also use a flowchart job aid to create a troubleshooting guide or a process map.

6. Reference guide job aid examples

These job aids include a one- or two-page set of condensed documented workflows on how to do a task or use a product. They contain reminders and tips that are commonly forgotten or overlooked but can help simplify the task and reduce errors. 

Think of them as cheat sheets with fragmented information. 

Quick reference guides are better suited for tasks that employees are already familiar with and don’t need to be done in a specific order. It’s a way to supplement their memory. 
Here are some quick reference guide examples:


Scribe is an AI-powered tool that documents your processes for you. Create instant visual guides, then use Scribe Pages to combine guides with video, AI-powered text and more. Like this quick reference guide that helps users get started with Slack.

‎The best reference guide job aids are visual and clear to follow. They have simple icons and illustrations as bullet points. 

💡 Scribe Tip: Break down information into easily digestible chunks. Use a lot of whitespace to avoid overwhelming the reader with information. Try our free Quick Reference Guide Generator to create comprehensive and user-friendly guides.


Infographics are another option that works well as reference guides, but you have to keep every element consistent. Uniform fonts, icon and header styles, backgrounds… everything should align, just like this visual process documentation example from Venngage.

Don’t worry about your job aid looking too "simple." You can repeat design elements while keeping them aligned and consistent to make it accessible and effective.

🆓 Related Resource: Use This Free Quick Reference Guide Template to Kickstart Your Documentation

7. Checklist job aid examples

If there's one job aid your team’s probably already using, it’s checklists.

A checklist or to-do list job aid has bite-sized information to help employees organize, plan and manage tasks in no specific order. 

It typically groups a list of action items, variables and requirements to remind employees how to do tasks correctly, subject to certain conditions.

Make checklists for tasks performed the same way each time to avoid any confusion. For example, you can have checklists for onboarding new employees, carrying out an audit or creating standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Ideally, you should offer the checklist as an interactive PDF that employees can tick off when done, similar to this Surgical Safety checklist.

While this one has smaller text, we recommend using a slightly bigger font so employees can read it easily. Consistency is also important in terms of the checklist design and tasks.

You can also create a job aid on project management tools like Asana. Here, you can assign different employees specific tasks, ensuring each task is being executed properly and on time. 

‎Observe how both examples use a verb or an action word at the beginning of each checklist item and are grouped into different stages. 

Add a short introduction and conclusion and avoid unnecessary jargon while you're at. Employees should be crystal-clear about what they have to do and when. 

8. Decision table job aid examples

Decision tables are slightly more technical than the previous job aids we discussed, so they’re more commonly used for complex software testing and requirements management.

These job aids are tabular representations of conditional logic that help define business rules. Think of them as an elaborate decision-making process where several variables influence the outcome, subject to certain conditions.

As such, they are more suited for tasks that don’t need sequential steps and have limited options for each decision variable. Make sure to follow technical documentation best practices when building a decision table!

The key to designing a decision table job aid is to keep things to the point and concise. Short sentences and short words. Lots of bullet points. 

You want to present all inputs vs. rules/test conditions/cases to check all possible combinations of conditions for testing purposes and allow testers to identify missed conditions.

Take this decision table from Oracle, for example. ‍

Headings are also important and should be in large, bold font to help users differentiate between the various rows and columns.

💡 Scribe Tip: Use color theory to drive the message home. The following Venngage decision table creates a gradient from green (indicates low risk) to red (indicates high risk).

‎If needed, add icons to each section to serve as visual references. Using road dividers in different colors can also help break up the doc. 

9. Case study job aid examples

You might think of case studies as external-facing documents, but they can provide so much context and support to your internal teams.

You can use case studies to provide real or hypothetical scenarios that learners can analyze to understand how concepts and principles apply in practical situations.

This is especially helpful if the work you do requires on-the-job decision-making. You can ask trainees to predict or act out potential outcomes.

Here's an example of a case study that breaks out an initial scenario to support training needs.

10. Employee handbook job aid examples

An employee handbook is a great way to align your procedures and tasks with the company's mission, vision and values. Typically, your employee handbook is a living document that you present to new hires as an ongoing reference during their tenure.

It will include procedures and policies related to employee conduct, compensation, benefits, etc.

‎Note that all of the important points are broken out into sections and subsections. This makes it easy to read through and find what you need in your employee handbook.

11. Troubleshooting guide job aid example

A troubleshooting guide is especially useful for IT and customer support functions. These documents focus on identifying and resolving common problems with hardware, software and other company platforms.

You might create and share troubleshooting guides with your entire company so that employees can restore their processes and solve problems. In this circumstance, you want to ensure that the guide is easy-to-follow and free of any jargon requiring technical expertise. Like this Adobe troubleshooting guide job aid made with Scribe.

If instead you want to create troubleshooting job aids for your IT experts, you can add more detail, such as code breakdowns or back-end functionality.

Here's an example of a more in-depth troubleshooting guide template made for IT teams.

12. Self-assessment job aid examples

Self-assessment tools like employee questionnaires or gamification can help employees determine their skills and identify the need for additional training.

Self-assessment can come in the form of a survey or structured framework of competencies or skills required in a particular field or role.

These are most effective when combined with feedback from others and ongoing reflection. They can be valuable resources for personal and professional growth, helping your team make informed choices and take action to reach their goals.

Here's an example of a self-assessment job aid using the competency-based framework.

Why you need job aids & when to use job aids

One of the most prominent benefits of incorporating job aids in the workplace is they emphasize performance management and on-the-job results.

They enhance the value of training and education, allowing employees to focus on the task at hand instead of scouring through layers of documents. These little documents also save time — five hours to be exact — that’s otherwise wasted waiting on people to share information.

Job aids are really game-changers to improve workplace productivity. They act as a reference tool, provide updated information and help retain more information. 

But regardless of the amazing advantages of job aids, they’re not perfect for every situation. 

The following are a few situations when using a job aid will be useful for your team. 

1. To facilitate faster problem-solving

Job aid provides concise and relevant solutions on demand, enabling employees to solve problems faster.

For example, a flowchart job aid helps employees visualize the consequences of each action, thereby helping them make sound decisions promptly. Similarly, a cheat sheet or reference guide will provide them with the necessary tips to complete a process with minimal or no errors.

Everything that employees need to know to do a task is right in front of them, removing the need to consult superiors, go through bulky documents or retake a training course.

2. To help employees remember something

Training only goes so far. So when your employees finish training, job aids can serve as their handy guides that answer the “How do I do that?” question.

This also means employees no longer have to memorize content or methods of procedure. Suppose the content is particularly taxing to remember or used in low frequency. In that case, a job aid can bridge the gap by supplementing their memory and cutting out on-the-job stress and mistakes on the part of the employee.

As the whole point here is to help employees remember how to do the task at hand and retain knowledge from training, you should make the job aid as effective as possible. In other words, concise and readily available.

3. To accelerate ramp-up time

Job aids standardize work processes and knowledge sharing to help your company’s new hires become productive faster.

With a handy job aid by their side, employees will be more familiar with new processes and can get up to speed quickly without compromising time trying to figure out how to go about things or work the tools.

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If you're looking for an effective way to fill gaps in your organization's formal training programs, job aids are your next step. Use these examples to inspire your own strategy and start building your own effective documentation.

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