It really depends on whether there is a defined project methodology in place and whether it is embraced and enforced by management. It also depends on what role do these employees play on the project,
In general, there is a minimum set of project documents that need to be managed for each project, number, content, and complexity of which increase with project scale and complexity itself.
Remember that you have to let the team organize itself. Your job is to coach the team to think differently so they can figure it out. It is not your job to tell them what to do or how to do it. If you try to do so, you can expect resistance.
Remember that what is more efficient for you may not be to another person or team.