A lot of companies use programmes such as Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets to run the core operations of their business.
It’s often a major component of the workforce’s working day and yet they have typically been left to figure out how to use it, without any formal training. As a result, there’s lots which can be done to make work easier, but that won’t be obvious.
As workloads increase it can soon become that operations becomes the bottleneck. Employees are forced to do lots of repetitive tasks which puts a strain on human resource.
The conclusion many organisations take is to employ more people, or invest in expensive and complicated technology packages, where in fact, a lot can be solved by training the current workforce to be more productive.
Why can I help?
I have done projects with numerous companies improving their work processes and undertaking strategic/ data analysis.
In every single one, the bottleneck of implementation came with the employees using Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets far below what they were capable of.
I therefore devoted time in each project to train the employees in how to use Excel, in the process opening up other ways in which to be productive with work.
Having this combination of knowing what’s important for a business, but also how software can make things a lot easier, gives me an excellent position to deliver value to your organisation.
Is this you?
I have seen that people who benefit most from being unlocked in Excel find themselves doing the following:
- Regularly copy and pasting information from one sheet to another
- Colour coding different sections of a sheet to identify
- Memorising and having to explain exceptions in the sheet when someone else looks at it
- Answering questions like “How many people bought a product on this day?” by scrolling through the sheet and counting on a calculator
- Always going up, down, left and right to find the information that they are looking for
- Find yourself saying “We’ve always done it like this” when a new person joins the team
In all of these cases, things can be made a lot easier by seeing the ways how Excel can be used!
Get the best from your team
Once the basics of Excel are understood, it then unlocks the ability to undertake smart, rigorous analyses rather than either guessing, or taking hours to answer a question which you intuitively feel should be easy to find out
This can include:
- Building monthly reports with Pivot Tables
- Customer segmentation with Nested IF Functions
- Analysing survey results with Advanced Charts
- Combining data sets with VLOOKUP
How can I help?
If having this type of skill set within your team sounds desirable, then there are a number of ways in which I can hope to help.
In person training
This will typically involve understanding the needs of your team, and then coming to your office for half a day or a day to train in person.
We will cover a structure of material in an interactive way, and work on specific use cases for your team.
There are many benefits to learning Excel in a modular, tracked manner where courses can be tailored to specific needs.
I work with various excellent Excel training courses (which I use myself) and so this could be the best option for you/ your team.
In some instances there will be a specific issue which you need to overcome, where the simplest solution may be to get outside help.
Where this is the case, I can work with you directly to resolve issues that you may have.
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If you, or someone you know, might be interested in how getting a greater understanding of how to use Excel can improve their personal, or organisation’s performance, then it would be good to talk.