In today’s world of tablets and smartphones, you might think that Microsoft Office is old fashioned and hardly used. You would be wrong. Even though it’s important to stay up on the nuances of new software and devices, the truth is that the majority of office environments still use Microsoft Office — and so should you.
As the dominant player in office software, you need to be aware of how to effectively use the various programs. In most offices, an admin or assistant is a thing of the past, so increasingly professionals at every level are required to know how to build their own PowerPoints and create their own Excel spreadsheets. And even if your whole office isn’t versed on how to use these pervasive programs, you can further prove your importance to the team by being able to help with thorny issues.
Take care not to be relegated to being the default “help” person, but if you can help your team craft a compelling PowerPoint on deadline to win an important new business pitch, you definitely will have proven your worth! Another possibility if you are a Microsoft master is to hold informal trainings with others in your office to show them various shortcuts and best practices. That will ensure that you are not constantly called on to do the work, but that you have helpfully shared your knowledge.
From a skill with spreadsheets to a way with word processing, these talents are as necessary in the workplace today as ever — and sometimes even more so, given the slimmed-down office staff most companies have. Being masterful with Microsoft is a business best practice that every worker should have.