The Streamlined Business Blog

Tip – Every Word Counts. Even the Little Ones

When you are writing policies and procedures, job aids, and work instructions, clarity should always be your first consideration. Remember that people in your organization turn to the company procedures manuals and new employee orientation training guides for two main reasons: 1) they have no idea how to perform a task or 2) they are having difficulty with a tricky task and need to confirm the exact steps.

Every word counts and has a precise meaning, even the little ones such as a, an, the, one. These words known as articles mean very specific things. Notice how the meaning changes in the following sentence depending on which article you use:

There’s a building on the corner.

There’s the building on the corner.

There’s one building on the corner.

Don’t leave out articles such as an, a, or the to save space. Leaving them out, can confuse the reader and even lead to errors.

Example: Rotate the compass to center line.

Readers can’t tell if “center line” is a noun (the center line) or a verb with its object (center the line). Experienced workers (who often write the procedures for the employee manual) might know from past experience which meaning is correct, but imagine this is a new worker who has just completed new employee orientation training, but has never actually completed the task. That person will be forced to guess the meaning and could make a serious error as a result.

For clarity’s sake, write instead: Rotate the compass to center the line. or Rotate the compass to the center line.

For more tips, check out our other Writing Tips Posts and our webinar series. 

Comments are closed.

Privacy Policy

Updated May 25, 2018

 

When you browse our website or register to access our resources or contact Sales, you’re trusting us with your information. We take our data privacy responsibility seriously and work hard to protect your information.

This Privacy Policy is meant to help you understand what information we collect. We explain how we collect it and how you can update, manage, export, and delete your information.

 

1. Visitors to comprose.com

You can visit our website without telling us who you are or revealing any information about yourself. Our web servers collect the domain names, not the e-mail addresses, of visitors.

In general, we gather information about users of the Site collectively and anonymized in order to determine, for example, which areas users access more frequently and which materials users access the most.

This information helps us to determine what is most beneficial for our users, and how we can continually create a better overall experience for our users by improving the content of the Site.

There are times however, when we may need information from you, such as your name and address. Customarily, the personal information COMPROSE obtains is used only to respond to inquiries, to process orders, for product registration, or to allow us to email you information about our product and services.

We may also ask you to voluntarily provide us with information for market research such as, your interests, demographics, and experience with our products.

 

2. Cookies in use on this site

Cookies and how they Benefit You

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites.

Our cookies help us:

We do not use cookies to:

You can learn more about all the cookies we use below.

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

Our own cookies

We use cookies to make our website work including:

Third party functions

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded Vimeo video. Our site includes the following which use cookies:

Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so called “analytics” programs also tell us if , on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before. This helps us ensure that our Site is user-friendly. 

We use:

Turning Cookies Off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (For Chrome learn how to disable cookies). Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our’s and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.

If you want to engage with us or request information that requires registration, you will need to have cookies enabled in order to sign-up.

 

3. Website Links

COMPROSE’s Site may contain links to other websites. While COMPROSE tries to link only to sites that share its high standards and respect for privacy, COMPROSE cannot take responsibility for the content or the privacy practices employed by other sites.

 

4. Personal Identifiable Information

We do NOT collect any personal identifiable information if you are simply browsing our website.

However, if you are interested in our Software as a Service product Zavanta or want access to our educational and Sales information, we ask you to sign-up. The sign-up form asks for your contact information. We will use the contact information to get in contact with you about our product and services.

If you consent and send us your contact information, your data will be shared with the following third-party services:

We are collecting and storing the following personal information from you:

The third-party services we use are following rigorous data privacy standards and are compliant with the EU data privacy regulations GDPR.

How long we keep your data

If you have requested access to our Resources (feature videos, articles, white papers) we may from time to time send you emails.  We are constantly improving our product and publishing new content. You may opt out of our email campaigns at any time.

If you have signed up for a Zavanta trial, if you decide not to become a customer, we ask for your explicit consent to keep your contact information for future reference.

 

5. How to exercise your data rights

We are compliant with the EU data protection regulation GDPR. We are only collecting your contact information for our sales process. If you want to update, view, or delete your contact information please contact us at:

COMPROSE, Inc.

1-800-719-8964 | (314) 968-9977
9648 Olive Boulevard, Suite 205
Olivette MO 63132 USA

Sales & Marketing: info@comprose.com
Zavanta Technical Support: support@comprose.com
Zavanta Training: training@comprose.com
Customer Service / Billing: admin@comprose.com

Data Security

All of the information you submit at our site is encrypted and stored safely in a database that is backed up nightly.

Changes

If at any time COMPROSE changes its privacy commitment, COMPROSE will post those changes here so that you will know what information COMPROSE gathers and how COMPROSE might use that information.

We will not reduce your rights under this Privacy Policy without your explicit consent.