Microsoft eases our lives by providing useful office software and tools that enhance our productivity. NetAssist, a Learning Partner of Microsoft, has come up with a series of tips and tricks workshops entitled “Employee Productivity Programs” (EPP) to train users for faster and higher office productivity using such tools. Lots can be learnt of Microsoft software like Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote etc. The programs are targeted at employees and managers of any organization who are users that may range from financial analysis using Excel, to people / time / document management using OneNote or OneDrive.
It has been mentioned time and again that employees who have better knowledge and understanding of advanced features of these software, can save hours daily at work. The amount of time saved does translate to better performance and higher productivity at work. NetAssist’s recent workshops at two Singapore-based Multinational Companies were very well subscribed with most sessions fully booked. Feedback was worth noting too. The Tips & Tricks “Employee Productivity Programs” on one such event were divided into 3 sessions:
- Microsoft Outlook and Lync
- Microsoft OneNote
- Advanced Microsoft Excel Tips and Tricks
The opening address was made by client’s senior management team, stressing the importance of office productivity leveraging the features built into MS. Following that, during the first session on MS Outlook and Lync, employees were quickly amazed to learn about features of Outlook they didn’t know earlier. They learnt a lot of quick tricks of syncing calendar and outlook together. For Lync, attendees learnt how to do file sharing and video chatting at such ease instead of logging in to other 3rdparty applications for various online meetings. The audience was animated, curious and eager with lots of questions asked in the sessions. Good questions like “Can we send an automated reminder mail to those who didn’t reply to a calendar invitation, instead of manually finding their names and sending them a reminder?” were quoted. NetAssist trainer Mr. Azral was quick to reply that such feature wasn’t yet introduced in Outlook and that “it is the best time to log in queries to Microsoft present with us at the seminar”. The sessions were conducted in both informative and fun way.
The second session on OneNote was an instant hit as the company was planning to start using this application in their file management. Employees were very enthusiastic to learn more on it. Also, OneNote had been a very popular program recently and its usage had doubled in 2014. The third and most sought after session was Microsoft Excel Tips & Tricks. More than 150 staff attended the session. Almost everyone in any organization has to come across Excel on a regular basis and knowing the features well will definitely claw back time when you use the software. If you want to excel in MS Excel application, to impress your bosses or clients, learning the advance features of excel would definitely help. Many of its outstanding features were covered in this short yet fruitful session. The trainer also shared on Power BI (Business Intelligence) a new add-on to Excel just a year back. The instructor, Mr Azral was impressive in explaining the features of Excel like PowerMap, Power Query, FlashFill etc. and answering the various queries of the participants.
While talking to the attendees after the workshop, most of them were very much satisfied with the overall presentations and rated it informative and explanatory. Average audience ratings achieved 80% and above for relevance of sessions, speaker ratings and overall satisfaction. Mr. Stephen Tan, Senior Finance Manager at the company said that he “sees great value in such product trainings. The latest versions of the applications have a lot of new and useful features added to it and such trainings can help people a lot in exploring the usage and benefits”. It was also mentioned that NetAssist instructor had a vast understanding of the subject and was able to convey the topics and QnA round very precisely. Other notable comment includes “Would be good to have such training session. There is a lot of useful functions to learn.” by Christine Lim, Treasury department.
To enquire for NetAssist “Employee Productivity Programs” do email to firstname.lastname@example.org