Microsoft Excel is undisputedly the most widely used spreadsheet software on the market and most businesses now incorporate some version of this versatile package. Not only is it being used for spreadsheets and mathematical calculations, but it also has other functions which can be very useful both at home and in the office. Many computer literate people have by now had contact with Excel in one form or another, and quite a lot of users understand how to use it to a basic or even intermediate level. But should you not know more? How will it affect your business or your value as an employee if you had advanced Excel skills? Is it not time that you consider advanced Excel training?
From the Employer’s Point of View
Employees usually know enough of the basics of Excel in order to carry out their jobs to a satisfactory level, but there are inevitably some little duties or repetitive tasks that can be automated with the more advanced functions of the programme. By allowing employees to upgrade their skills to higher level, employees are empowered to find new and innovative ways to perform their jobs. They are able to automate certain tasks, which leaves them in a better position to take on more work, or to perform the tasks that require personal attention more effectively. This leads to a more productive workforce.
Another consideration for employers is the occurrence of human error. Often important but repetitive tasks cause the employee to become bored and lose concentration, which may lead to costly mistakes, especially when working with stock levels or money. By automating certain functions, or by allowing the software to perform certain calculations, sorting information or the manipulation thereof, the element of human error is eliminated. As a result information is more accurate and can be interpreted and used much more effectively.
The Employee or Individual
When looking at it from the perspective of the employee or the individual, doing advanced Excel training will increase their value in the workplace. Better levels of understanding of almost any software make the employee more valuable – not only for their employer, but also for other employers, and therefore job prospects may improve. Acquiring new skills and keeping abreast of IT developments are very important in this technologically driven age, and great IT literacy is high on the list of almost any employer.Another factor to consider is the ability to be more creative in how the job is performed by the employee. Better knowledge leaves the door open for the employee to be innovative, to find ways of performing their tasks more effectively and therefore are able to concentrate on other, more important aspects of the job. For instance, if most of the day was taken up by doing financial projections for a meeting, the calculations can now be automated with a macro or other formula. This will leave time for the employee to create great visual representations of the information for the benefit of the meeting attendants. The advanced graphics interfaces and ability to compare and analyse with visuals allow for better interpretation of the information, and even trend spotting can be done with advanced Excel functionality.
Investing in employee development and the ability to exercise influence over the way the work is being done also boosts employee morale.
If you would like to find out more about how advanced Excel training can benefit you and your organisation, then we recommend that you give us a call.