Why Improving Your Microsoft Office Skills Are Important in the Workplace

#Computer Literacy #Microsoft Excel #Microsoft Office #Microsoft PowerPoint #Microsoft Word #QuickBooks #Software

Janine Ordman

“A computer does not substitute for judgment any more than a pencil substitutes for literacy. But writing without a pencil is no particular advantage.”

– Robert McNamara

The ability to effectively use Microsoft Office software is one of the most rudimentary skills required of staff who work in office environments, particularly in administrative posts and regardless of industry. In fact, it was found by an IDC study in 2013 that possessing Microsoft Office skills is one of the top three most desired by employers, topped only by having oral and written communication skills. The results were obtained after the IDC assessed 14.6 million job listings to determine the skills necessary to work in positions anticipated to experience both the greatest growth and wage increases between the years 2013 and 2020.

We live in the 21st Century; aren’t most people computer literate?

If you are reading this, you probably have a fair grasp on at least Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, and chances are that you are also at least moderately tech-savvy. Why? In answer to the latter, because, you had to go online on a computer or mobile device to find and read this blog in the first place. Surprisingly, according to the OECD’s research, only 5% of the US population between the ages of 16 and 65 is computer literate, while only 26% of the adult population possesses moderate levels of computer literacy. Consequently, organizations cannot assume that their staff or potential new hires have an adequate grasp on software that they are required to use in their everyday work activities, which, consequently, necessitates training.

Addressing issues of computer illiteracy and why it matters in an office environment

Having the ability to utilize Microsoft Office software to its full potential, among other useful software tools, involves more than merely being able to type up documents, present information on a slide deck, or tabulate numbers. It offers an extensive toolkit to create and transform information in useful ways, enhances work productivity, and allows for the effective, professional processing and presentation of data.

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