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By Kiril Grasevski, Solutions Manager, TP3

Microsoft Office applications are not new. They are now so ubiquitous that almost everyone has some exposure to them at some point, whatever their job.

And we’re using the programs much sooner than we did before. No longer confined to the workplace, kids in the earliest years of school are using the software, and better than most of us will ever do at work!

The plight of the self-taught user

While some of us have been lucky enough to have had a degree of formal training, most people have learned these applications as they went, though trial and error and by picking up the odd tip or trick from others.

So there are usually holes in people’s knowledge and a few bad habits adopted along the way.

It’s impossible to determine precisely how much productivity is lost across an organisation from people not using these tools the right way. It would be a safe bet though that it costs the economy in the vicinity of millions of dollars each year.

You don’t know what you don’t know

So how well do you really use your MS Office applications?

Ask yourself these simple questions:

  • Do I spend as much time fiddling with formatting and layout as I do finding the right words to use in my reports?
  • Do I spend hours putting together a PowerPoint presentation only to find that I should have spent the time preparing my delivery and my message?
  • Can I find the right piece of information in Excel to make an informed decision quickly?

Imagine how much your business could benefit if each person saved even as little as 10 minutes a day through better use of MS Office.

Maybe it’s time to pause and get a health check — and we’ve got an app for that!

An easy way to test your knowledge

We’ve just developed a series of online, interactive quizzes which provide an objective assessment of an individual’s MS Office skills.

Once completed and submitted, our learning advisors, who are experts in the applications, review each result and personally provide advice and recommend the right training course for the skill level.

Try a quiz yourself here:

Excel http://apps.tp3.com.au/ispring/Excel_Skills_Assessment/index.html

Word http://apps.tp3.com.au/ispring/Word_Skills_Assessment/index.html

PowerPoint http://apps.tp3.com.au/ispring/Powerpoint_Skills_Assessment/index.html

Project http://apps.tp3.com.au/ispring/Project_Skills_Assessment/index.html

Each quiz only takes a few minutes to complete and will be assessed within hours, giving you a better picture of where you can improve and make your work life a little easier in the process.

 

 

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