Tech training could ‘save an hour a week and boost productivity’

An expert Microsoft productivity trainer, Vickie Sokol Evans, is offering free training resources during National Work–Life Week to help employees leave the office on time.

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Citing the catch-22 of finding time to work out how to save time, Ms Sokol Evans, who is a trainer to Bill Gates' team at Microsoft, believes that by investing in self-development and training, people can increase their productivity, improve their results and help be part of a healthy work culture.

Using tools more effectively

Ms Sokol Evans is offering free training resources and tips during National Work–Life Week 2016 to help people save time and get the best out of their Microsoft Office and other business software. These include:
  • using style sheets to format paragraphs in reports and presentations
  • refining how you search for shared files to save your and your colleagues’ time by using individual programmes’ search features rather than double-clicking through folders
  • setting up Office Themes so you can format files in one click.

Increasing return on training time investment

“Learning how to use more of your technology you already have is critical if you want to do more in less time,” commented Ms Sokol Evans, who is a Microsoft Certified Trainer with nearly 20 years of classroom training experience, specialising in the Microsoft, Google and Apple productivity platforms such as Microsoft Office, OneNote, SharePoint, Skype/Lync, Office 365, Google Apps, Gmail and the Cloud.“Knowing about one simple button could mean the difference between making it to dinner with friends to staying late in the office again. And the first step to mastering our technology and learning the most relevant skills is to become aware of what the software can do.“Dedicating time to learning new tips and tricks, even just 15-minutes a week, helps create that awareness. While it takes some getting used to it, in terms of both physically and mentally blocking time out to absorb new information, the benefits far outweigh the time.”  

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