This is a rant. Sorry.
The other day I opened a document describing some technical details we were waiting for. Ten pages. Whew, should be pretty much of content. Well, not at all. The first line of actual content was on page number 9 (yes, nine). On pages 1 to 8 you could find a lot of unimportant and uninteresting stuff which no one really cared about: table of contents with every piece set at page 4, preface which had neither been filled nor deleted, empty changes summary on page 4, some disclaimers and a bonus empty page. At the end there were finally one and a half pages of real content. Actually printing anything except of pages 1, 9 and 10 of the document would be a crime against forests and should be cruelly punished.
This is just a basic example how standard document templates are done. If you need to write down a simple minutes of the meeting there’s of course a template which, while empty, is 6 pages long. What the hell? A short document with a few ideas thrown on brainstorming session? Well, can’t do without table of contents, review summary and preamble. What did you think? Less than 5 useless leading pages? No way!
I usually end up with my own standard simple template: just title page and standard company headers and footers. I use it 9 times out of every 10 I need a template to start with. The funny thing is most of the time no one thinks this kind of template is even needed. And all these 10-page long (or longer) monsters are ready as soon as first set of templates is published. Too crappy to use them, too crappy to read them – just standard document templates.
And yes, the screen like above can be found in official documents of well-known, huge, global companies. So professional.