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Brexit - Q. How best to prepare? A. Efficiency within the workplace!

09/01/2019

Courtesy of the BBC website

 

 

Brexit

 

Q. How best to prepare? 

A. Efficiency within the workplace!

 

 

So the government has finally decided that we should prepare for a no-deal. What does this mean and how should we prepare in the likely or un-likely event that this should happen?

 

Whether you voted in or out, one thing is for sure, on March 29th a major event will occur - assuming there are no about turns or political shenanigans!

 

So how best do we prepare?

 

Well, I’ll let the government put out its guidelines first on how best to prepare but what I am sure of is that it is now more essential than ever to equip staff with essential skills. A productive and best prepared workforce is the best workforce. We will need flexibility in production for sure but let’s not forget about admin and office skills - there really is no excuse.

 

I don’t just mean can they use Microsoft, Excel and the usual software but how about their computer keyboard. 

 

All computers are still sold with a keyboard - aren’t they?

 

Do the majority of your staff still type with two fingers? How long do your office staff, or should I say, ‘Computer Users’ spend looking at a screen during their working day? Do they need to learn to type properly?

Did you know that efficient typing skills can save as much as 50% of their time at the screen? Do you realise just how much this equates to in terms of money or added value to your company? 

Thankfully this is easily worked out by their hourly rate. Alternatively see the free ROI calculator on the KAZ website.

Business page. https://kaz-type.com/business-edition.aspx

 

‘Efficiency’ is an oft used term that we ‘say’ we practice and preach, all day and everyday but if that is true, why do we not look at these basic skills, especially those which we should have been equipped with at an early age?

 

The reason is probably down to complacency. We live in a fast moving world and are all guilty of the, ‘I want it and I want it now’ culture. We also tend to expect or assume  that people can naturally do the things that either we take for granted or is part of the skill set which is expected with their job. 

 

Do you test basic skill requirements when actively recruiting? 

 

Most larger firms now recruit via agencies and these agencies are becoming more and more aware at the shortfall in office skills and as a result are starting to pre-test - the main reason why KAZ developed their Typing tests. 

These tests are designed to test individual typing skills prior to employment, allowing the employer to either put the candidate through a typing skills training course or to employ objectively. 

Many firms now have a CPD / CE (Continuing Professional Development or Continuing Education) programme and we are pleased to note that typing is now on that list!

 

Jobs are hard to get and the general rule is that it is always easier to find a job or better yourself when in employment but this seems ‘an age and a day’ when  unemployed. Employers are probably now at their most powerful and with zero hour contracts a norm in some cases, short probation periods etc. etc., they seem to have the upper hand or easy opt outs, should they wish to change their minds or indeed direction. Hence, it is more critical than ever to make yourself more employable, invaluable and your life easier by equipping yourself with the life skill of typing. 

 

Did you know:

 

  • Allegedly only 2 in every 10 people can type efficiently, so why not learn this skill and impress all those around you, especially and including all your co-workers? After all it takes just 90 minutes with KAZ’s Typing Tutor to learn the A-Z keys. The keys are engrained into muscle memory and then with a little practise you’ll be typing faster than you could have imagined. 

 

  • KAZ’s unique course trains and re-trains out your bad habits which is why is it used so widely in governments, schools and business and being CPD accredited counts towards any CPD/CE training

 

  • The average 2 finger typist can only type at a maximum of 25 words per minute? Typing properly, this figure will increase to at least double that, with those that type continually regularly reaching in excess of 100 words per minute. Don’t you think it makes sense? Especially if your job requires the use of a computer!

 

How many firms actively train their employees. How many actually actively encourage continual personal development? Well, far more Corporates are taking the initiative and I am pleased to say CPD is becoming the new ‘buzz’ word. Employees have to attain a certain number of points each year (normally 50 per year). KAZ’s City & Guilds edition counts as 40 CPD points! - another reason to train yourself to type. Reach almost the years allocation with one course and at only £$75, it is probably the most economical of all the CPD/CE accredited courses !

 

In a recent meeting with a very prominent company, I met the CEO and she was discussing typing skills and the distinct lack of training… even with all their huge pool of learning resources. They did not offer this type of training - they were all focused towards the usual, microsoft, excel etc. or towards Health & Safety! I walked around the shop floor with her and she observed 1000+ staff, all at their computers / bays and we both reckoned that only about 20% could actually type properly (validating the above statistics). Shocked at the actual or real cost of this (see the KAZ calculator on our website) she signed up for a 1000 + user license. The fact that our courses are all CPD accredited made it a ‘no-brainer’ and she was easily able to justify the cost to savings on the back of her post-it note!

 

The following is an extract from a post I recently had the pleasure of engaging with on Linkedin:

 

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140528191427-10197807-what-happens-if-you-invest-in-developing-your-people-and-they-leave/

 

CFO asks CEO, “What happens if we invest in developing our people and then they leave us?”

 

CEO: “What happens if we don’t, and they stay?” 

 

- peterbaeklund.com

 

The author, Jim Bouchard continues…

 

“If and when some people leave your organisation - does that mean you have wasted your training and development dollar?”

 

No…

“First of all, good people will stay longer, work harder and be much more engaged in your vision when you give them the opportunity to grow.

Even if they do leave, which is always a possibility, for the rest of the time they’re with you. You’re going to have better, more productive and engaged employees.

If and when they leave, they’re more likely to leave as peers, potential strategic partners and collaborators- rather than enemies.

In an age when 70% of the workforce is disengaged, you can’t afford not to invest in the personal and professional development of everyone in your organisation.

Opportunity for growth and development are still two of the most powerful motivators identified by current research.

John P. Kotter reported that organisations that invest in a culture of personal and professional development, among other factors, can outperform the competition by 500% or more. That’s a fairly comfortable ROI, no?

One of the most powerful ideas behind this quotation is the implication that some people will stay whether you invest in their development or not.

 

A critical mass will tend to choose comfort and security over disruption, even when they’re not fulfilled, engaged or satisfied. Many will stay even if they’re not growing, developing and accessing their full potential as employees- and as people.

Bad for them…bad for you.

I was going to start this article by doing a comparison of the upside and downside risk of investing in training and development. 

I couldn’t come up with anything for the downside list!

Your business is nothing more than the collective energy and efforts of the people working with and for you. 

If you want to make your business better, invest in your people. They’ll get the job done.”

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