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 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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5 Time-Saving Features in Excel

Posted on October 14, 2016 by Angela Nino

In all parts of life, many of us strive to save time and money. Long before Benjamin Franklin was credited with his “Time is money” quote, even early classical Greek orator Antiphon was credited with the saying, “The most costly outlay is time”. When using a software, saving time often does equate to saving money, or at least being able to be more productive. For an organization’s bottom line, the more productive employees are, the better the effects on ROI. We are exploring a few ways to improve efficiency in Excel in this post. Watch for more time-saving posts soon! Shortcut for Entering Text/Data If you are typing text or multiple lines of data into a cell, just press ALT+ENTER…

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Deskside Training

Posted on September 30, 2016 by Angela Nino

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish someone would just come sit down at my desk and show me what I need to know?” Have you been in a training class and have only had 2 hours out of 6 hours be relevant information to your job/position? Have you really only needed about 1 hour of personalize help but had to pay for a full day class in a group of people not even from your own company? Customized One-on-One If you have ever had any of these experiences, then you will want to know about deskside training. This is training that is completely personalized for your needs, time, and budget constraints. A trainer sits next to you at…

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