Why Microsoft Office Matters in the Workplace

Posted on August 1, 2017 by Angela Nino

In most office environments, you will find Microsoft Office products. They still comprise the highest market share for office suite applications. When you look for a benchmark for word processors and spreadsheets, Microsoft sets the bar. Even when looking at email/calendar software, Microsoft Outlook is at the top of the heap. Microsoft Office So, why use Microsoft Office? Why learn about Excel, Word, and other programs? The power of the software. The features and full effectiveness of the applications haven’t been duplicated. Especially when looking at spreadsheets, you won’t find one that out performs Excel. If you aren’t using the full scope of what is available in Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, then you are missing out. For example, think…

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Create a Risk Register Using Excel

Posted on July 3, 2017 by Angela Nino

If you are involved in any level of project management, then you have most likely seen, used, or even developed a risk register. Being able to quantify the risk associated with each part of a project is important in planning, design, and implementation phases. Noting triggers and mitigating actions in the analysis is important, as well. Microsoft Excel can help you with your risk register. You don’t need to create one from scratch. There are several templates and resources to help you. Check out the following sites to find templates, definitions of terms, and even tutorial videos. Risk Register Tips, Terms and Templates Tips, Components, and a Template Template, Benefits of a Risk Analysis, and Explanation of the Risk Management…

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The Cost of Incomplete Training

Posted on May 25, 2017 by Angela Nino

I cannot tell you how many times I am asked, “Why is training so important?” I believe that I hear it so often because training does not always involve a tangible product created at the end. We cannot “see” what we are getting so we question the cost. We struggle with the same issue with any version of education, Kindergarten-12th grade and higher education, too. My answer is always another question, “What happens when you do not invest in training?” The cost of not training can be even more expensive than devoting funds to and preparing your employees. Training is critical for employees to learn necessary skills, especially as technology changes. If you only focus on the bottom line and…

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Top 5 Word Add-ins

Posted on May 10, 2017 by Angela Nino

The built-in features of Microsoft Word improve productivity and workflow. But, did you know that there are Word add-ins that you can download from the Microsoft Store that can help you even more? There are actually hundreds of add-ins for all of the Microsoft Office products. There are 5 Word add-ins that have allowed me to be more efficient and to do tasks within Word that I was having to do outside of Word previously. The 5 top add-ins for me include: Picket Free Images, DocuSign for Word, Symbol Search, Vertex42 Template Gallery, and Office QR. Search for and Install Add-ins You can find add-ins through the Microsoft Store. If you prefer, you can also download them by going to…

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Creating Income Statements with Excel

Posted on March 2, 2017 by Angela Nino

  Income statements track revenue and expenses for an organization or business. Creating one does not need to be done from scratch, unless you have specific design requirements. There are many templates available for easy download. When searching for templates, it is not necessary to find one for your specific version of Excel. For example, I found a good one in Excel 2007 version and it pulled in perfectly into my Excel 2016 software. So, if you find one from a prior version of Excel, it will most likely work just fine in your newer program. Below are some resources for templates and instructions for building or using an income statement. Using a Template MyExcelTemplates.org has a good income statement…

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Profit Loss Statements with Excel

Posted on February 18, 2017 by Angela Nino

Are you struggling with tracking your income and expenses? I have encountered instances where someone needed to monitor a budget without the need of the full services of an accountant. You may be in charge of an organization or a group that doesn’t have a CPA on call, but could use a spreadsheet to display profit/loss information. There are useful templates that have built-in features and functions to allow you to watch your yearly income and expenses. Microsoft has a good Excel financial management template on their Office website. See Figure 1. Figure 1 Download Template The Profit and Loss template can be downloaded as an Excel file for you to open in your Excel desktop application. See Figure 2….

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The ROI of Investing in Your Employees

Posted on January 25, 2017 by Angela Nino

Yes, we all have the wonderful pipe dream of every day at work flowing smoothly with extra time left over for learning something new and keeping perfectly up-to-date with all the latest software. In reality, we have crazy busy days where we might manage to accomplish one or two small pieces of a large project. What we end up doing is running around putting out fires or dealing with urgent issues that popped up. Our best laid plans in our prioritized to-do list get blown to bits. We might have salvaged 10 minutes for lunch at our desk while typing a follow-up email to a client. So, why should we block out time that we don’t have for developing our…

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Is my business too small for third-party training?

Posted on January 11, 2017 by Angela Nino

The easy answer to the title question is, “No!”. Some of my most enjoyable and fruitful training classes have been with one, two, or even ten employees from small businesses. These group or desk-side sessions can really increase the efficiency and productivity of the business, resulting in an improvement in the bottom line. Scheduling the Training Often, the biggest hurdle to jump over is getting someone away from their work long enough to do the training. If the person is key to conducting business, then a one or two-hour short session can be the way to go. I have conducted training in the evenings and weekends to accommodate the availability of everyone who is involved. Structuring the Training Even in…

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Evaluating Your Training Program

Posted on December 13, 2016 by Angela Nino

There is a term in education for the feedback/results at end of a session or group of sessions. It is called a summative evaluation. The assessment that takes place during the training is called formative evaluation. It is much more subjective because the trainer is the one that judges how the training activities are going and then makes necessary adjustments. The summative evaluation tends to be more formal and is often administered using a survey. Most of us in the training industry will tell you that the formative evaluation that the trainer does during the session is very important. But, for most folks in the training industry, this is only half of the assessment process and is the least quantifiable….

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What Happens at Companies that Invest in Training?

Posted on November 22, 2016 by Angela Nino

Is your organization struggling to meet its year-end budget? Are you considering reducing learning and development expenditures for next year? If your company is service oriented, cutting costs in the training of your talent can be counter-productive. Investing in the growth of your professionals will boost your productivity and increase the quality of what your company is offering…expertise in serving clients! Cut Costs? We often think that cutting costs is the easiest way to improve the bottom line. In some cases, that can be a helpful strategy. But, a key element to making your company better at serving your customers is going to involve developing an important resource, your talent! The better you serve your clients, the better your long-term…

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