Instructions for a colleague

Instructions for a colleague

Learn how to write instructions for a colleague.

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Checklist for opening the shop

Start at 8 a.m.

  1. Firstly, when you enter the shop, remember to turn off the alarm.  
    • Do this by holding your key card to the alarm panel. It's behind the door near the light switches.
  2. Open all the blinds and turn on the lights.
  3. Please don't forget to start the coffee machine so your colleagues have fresh coffee for when they arrive.
  4. At 8.15 a.m., watch out for the fresh deliveries at the back door. They usually arrive at that time.
    • Pay attention to the order list and what is actually delivered.
    • Remember not to sign for anything that isn't in the delivery as there are often items missing.
  5. Check the answer phone and shop email account for any new messages.
  6. Leave the heating and the air conditioning alone. They are on an automatic timer. So please, don't go near the control panels.

Finally, you need to finish everything above before 8.45 a.m. and open the shop at 9 a.m. There is a red logbook under the counter. Make sure you sign it for each day when you have completed all points on this checklist. Make a note of any issues.

If you have any problems, call your supervisor or the 24-hour support line number below.


  1. Use imperative verb forms to give orders and instructions:
    Turn off the alarm / make sure to sign the logbook.
  2. Tell people exactly what you want them to do and when:
    You need to do everything above before 8.45 a.m.
  3. Tell people where things are – they might not know:
    It's near/behind/over/under the …
  4. Give emergency contact information.
  5. Have a sheet for people to sign after they have completed the process, e.g. cleaning a machine or balancing the cash register.


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Submitted by Hennadii on Tue, 21/07/2020 - 13:20

Frankly speaking, lately, I give instructions mainly to my kids. I have two and each of them badly need some instructions to not turn our home into the chaos. During the whole day, I tell them what to do and what not to do. With mixed results, truth be told. They both have such energy, especially for fighting to one another, and stealing toys from each other. And, don't forget about the homework. It's an extra instruction set for my elder one. Well, if feel like I turned into an instructor or rather into a strictly sergeant. But it's how the parenthood looks like.

Submitted by Papis on Sat, 18/07/2020 - 02:53

I need to give instructions to my students in oder to see if they understand well the lessons and is also a way to get feedback

Submitted by Allate on Thu, 16/07/2020 - 22:03

As a teacher I need to give instructions to my students. Any time I give an activty to my students, if I want them to do it correctly I should give clear instructions. Instructions are very important in class. Without clear instructions, we fail to reach our objectives.

Submitted by Saamongo on Thu, 16/07/2020 - 21:25

Instructions can allow us to be fluent when learning a language. I use to do it for giving direction of places.

Submitted by Maria etsesomi on Thu, 16/07/2020 - 11:04

I usually give instructions to my kids on the activities for the day.

Submitted by tounkara on Thu, 16/07/2020 - 09:44

I give instructions to my students in order to make questions clear. Moreover instructions are part of daily life. You want to install and setup a new software or you want to take a drug when you are sick. And so on

Submitted by Dastenova Firuza on Sun, 12/07/2020 - 18:53

I usually give instructions to my daughter about houseworks: washing dishes, tdying up, cooking etc.
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Submitted by Red Sus on Sun, 12/07/2020 - 03:39

Operating the Washing machine ... Before putting clothes in the washing machine, make sure that all pockets are empty. Close the front door tightly until you hear a ticking sound. Connect the plug to the power outlet. It is important not to forget to open the water valve. If you forget to open it, the machine will have serious problems. Then, put the appropriate amount of washing liquid plus fabric softener, base on the amount of clothes you put in: - The tray on the left is for washing liquid. - The middle tray is for fabric softener. Now press the start button (the big square one in the upper right corner) and you will hear a starting sound. From the big control knob in the middle, rotate it to select Synthetics mode. Next look at the control panel, you'll need to change some settings as below (by press the button repeatedly): - Decrease temperature to zero - Rinse: 2 times - Spin: 800 Check everything again to be absolutely sure. Finally, press the start button (below the power button). ... The washing cycle will finish after the timer runs out (1 hour and 30 minutes). You will hear a turning-off sound. The machine will automatically turn off. Now just unplug the plug and take out clothes to drying.