Why You Should Not Neglect Employee Training

I’ve been in the learning industry for close to 20 years, most of those spent in the financial and HR side of the house. During that time, I’ve heard a lot of reasons why training isn’t done enough, is the first part of the budget to be cut, or has never been offered at all.  The majority of those reasons always revolve around time and money.  I found a great article from Talk Business that comments on this…“for many businesses, the cost of training and development can be quite expensive. Another reason why many employers cut down on training opportunities for their employees is that attending training sessions can delay the completion of projects due to workers needing to take time out in order to attend.” 

However, it then enumerates 4 points as to why you cannot let these be reasons to neglect employee training:

·         Training addresses employee weaknesses

·         Improves performance

·         Increases consistency

·         Leads to employee satisfaction

Intellezy’s learning platform can help provide these benefits while addressing the issues of time and money. With our short-segment training videos, employees can look for the exact question they have, watch the 3-4 minute video, and get back to work, having learned what they needed to accomplish the task at hand.  With our Pay-Per-Use model, you only pay for the time spent by employees actually watching the training videos.  No more costly subscriptions for something employees may or may not use.

Visit www.intellezy.com to learn more about what makes us stand out in the world of online learning.  To read the full article mentioned above, visit:

https://www.talk-business.co.uk/2016/01/15/the-importance-of-training-and-development-in-the-workplace/

By Stacy Wight

Stop! 5 Reasons to Send Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as PDFs Instead

Have you ever sent a Word or Excel document to a client only to have it display incorrectly on their machine? Or did you ever have someone edit or delete part of the document by mistake? PDFs capture your documents as seen on your screen and keep them from being easily changed. With the free Acrobat Reader DC software, PDFs are universal and can be viewed on any computer or device exactly.

  1. It’s easy in MS Office. Simply go to File > Export, select Create PDF/XPS, and then select the Create PDF/XPS button. Select Standard or Minimum Size, and click Publish. An added bonus is that the file size is smaller.
  2. Add security in Word by selecting Options before you publish. Select Encrypt a document with a password and type in a password before you publish.*
  3. Your recipients can markup, take notes, and add comments to the PDF without changing the original. Select Tools > Comments and use the markup toolbar to annotate and make corrections.
  4. PDFs are completely searchable. Your readers can press Ctrl (Cmd) + F for a quick search, or Shift + Ctrl (Cmd) + F for an advanced search.
  5. Convert PDFs back to Word by opening the PDF in Word. Depending on how the PDF was made and what security is present, Word will do its best to turn the PDF in to an editable document.

So, make it a habit to create a PDF before sending or posting that Word report, Excel spreadsheet, or PowerPoint presentation. Life might get easier.

* Additional options are available in Acrobat Reader DC with a subscription.

To learn even more about creating a PDF from Word and see it in action, click here:

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By Carol Marion

How Microsoft Office Helps This Working Parent

  1. OneNote- Remember back in Junior High carrying around spiral notebooks for each subject matter? Blue book for History, red for Math, yellow for social studies? I LOVED all that organization and the color-coding. Well, BOOM, fast forward to 2018 and OneNote gives you ALL that organization for your work and personal life! And thanks to the Internet gods you can access it anywhere anytime with a mobile device. Say WHAT? WORKING MOM’S DREAM! All my notes accessible on my phone and the ability to add more after that unforeseen phone call during pick up? #Winning!

To learn more about OneNote and see it in action, click here:

  1. PowerPoint Slides Master- I am in Sales, so I make a lot of PowerPoint presentations. The Slide Master has saved me from hours–and I mean hours–of frustration as it allows you to format all of your slides at once. No more putting the kids to bed and opening my laptop to fix those slides…Slide Master, the complaints were heard and now answered. Amen.

To learn more about the Slide Master and see it in action, click here:

  1. Outlook Notes- Boy, can I tell you how many times I have almost forgotten to refill the dog’s medicine if it wasn’t for the sticky note pasted on my screen? Now instead of actual sticky notes, I use Outlook Notes which is the same thing, but in digital format! It’s a great way to help remind me to do little tasks that I endure as a parent that otherwise would have been forgotten about!

To learn more about Notes and see it in action, click here:

  1. Skype For Business- Being a working parent means balancing work life with kids’ schedules. Got a sick kid? I bet you are working from home that day, but that doesn’t mean work life stops. Skype for Business allows me to have flexibility and not skip a beat. Working from home with Skype for Business means I can be part of all those in-person meetings. I can view all documents being shared, collaborate on the whiteboard, and even present myself on video to feel as if I am right there in the room.

To learn more about Skype for Business and see it in action, click here:

  1. OneDrive- This cloud-based storage systems allows me to access all my files any time from any device with an Internet connection. The stress of lugging my laptop around along while carrying a 40 lb toddler to an unforeseen doctor’s visit is no longer! Got a deadline to send out a contract that conflicts with your doctor’s appointment? Log into OneDrive on your phone, and then edit or coauthor your document and share it with your client–it’s that easy. I guarantee the hardest part of that doctor’s appointment will be your toddler.

To learn more about OneDrive and see it in action, click here:

By Pam Dumont