San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 1, 2006
While office applications such as spreadsheets, word processors, and presentation software are some of the most widely used software applications, most workers use only a small percentage of their features and substantial productivity is wasted as a result. With the increased complexity of business data, and the competitive nature of making sales and getting budgets approved, the need to be more skilled in these applications is becoming a critical skill for the knowledgeable user.
“It is imperative for workers today to go beyond the basics and take their skills to the next level. We see functional managers and corporate recruiters demanding a higher level of competency when it comes to handling data, presentation formatting, and collaboration” said Pierre Khawand, founder and CEO of People-OnTheGo, a San Francisco based productivity-training company. People-OnTheGo launched the 90 minute Web self-paced classes in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook, to supplement virtual live classes, onsite training, and one-on-one coaching offerings.
“Users today don’t have the time to attend the traditional training, usually offered in several levels over several days, and companies can no longer afford having their employees off of their core business activities for so long” said Jerry McCreary, Human Resources Executive in Silicon Valley. Mr. McCreary added that “the 90 minute approach by People-OnTheGo, focuses on critical business scenarios, and shows users how to use the office applications to address these scenarios”. The business scenarios, which are covered in the live virtual workshops and the onsite classes, are also covered in the Web self-paced classes. This enables the participants to leverage the medium that works best for them. In addition, for users who participate in the 90 minute live virtual workshops, the Web self-paced classes are offered as a take away, which allows them to review the scenarios and view additional ones as they implement the techniques.
Don Rosselli, Executive Vice President at Metrocities Mortgage, indicated: “Companies are becoming more dependent on these technologies and providing employees easy and flexible access to these skills is becoming a necessity”. After attending the Microsoft Excel Techniques training session for instance, Laurie Heyman from Metrocities indicated that “The reports that I need to do regularly for the Executive team, and which are an important part of our business process, are now done efficiently, and many of the repetitive tasks have been automated.”
In addition to corporate users who have an immediate need for office applications skills, professionals who are in the midst of career transitions, are finding that these skills are just as important for a job search. When John Wainright, a professional in San Jose, California went on an interview for a marketing position recently, he was asked about his Excel skills, and specifically about his ability to manipulate PivotTables, which seemed to be a required skill for that company’s marketing data. As a result, Mr. Wainright is looking to refresh and enhance his Excel knowledge as he prepares for his second interview.
As more users, inside and outside the corporate world, look for better ways to handle data, present proposals and enhance their ability to collaborate with others, online training programs such as the 90 minute Web self-paced classes by People-OnTheGo, are essential for helping users get the job done.
About Pierre Khawand
Founder and CEO of People-OnTheGo, Pierre Khawand’s interest centers on bridging the gap between technology and people. He founded People-OntheGo to help corporate users manage e-mail and digital communication tools more effectively.
People-OnTheGo helps companies and their employees effectively manage the use of e-mail, office applications, and handheld devices, to save significant time, communicate more effectively, and minimize legal and security risks. The learning programs include onsite, virtual, and Web self-paced modules, as well as one-on-one and team coaching sessions.
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