Basic IT Skills
Being familiar with everyday technology is no longer something that only specialists and devotees need to worry about. In today’s we live in technology-centrically world, it’s vital for us to have basic computing skills that allow everyone to perform well in their workplace and keep us with the fast-paced changes facing modern businesses.
Here are some basic IT skills, which everyone has to know.
Creating and editing documents without any word-processing skills is surly lead to hours of frustration and lost productivity. Fortunately, there aren’t many different applications to learn, since Microsoft Word has long been the industry standard. A basic working knowledge of Google Docs is also important, although the learning curve is minimal thanks to its largely familiar interface. While learning how to use everyday word-processing functions such as spellcheckers, header and footer editing, and inserting graphics is important, the most important skill is typing. Good touch-typing skills are in the decline in everyday use, due to the increasing ubiquity of speech recognition and touchscreen devices, but they remain essential in the professional environment.
It might not sound like the most glamorous of computing skills, but the ability to enter data quickly and efficiently is something that every business relies on. No company is complete without databases of things. while it might not always be necessary to learn advanced spreadsheet functions, a basic knowledge of data entry is a must for most business software.
Learning how to create, edit, and use spreadsheets is one of the most basic data entry skills. Microsoft Excel, being the go-to software, is usually where most people start. Google’s web-based offering Sheets is also popular.
Security and Privacy
Online security and privacy should be at the forefront of any business IT strategy and employee training process. With so much important business data stored on company computers and cloud-based systems, it’s imperative that employees fully understand the risks facing their business and how to mitigate them. That’s why ongoing training is critical for anyone in company who uses computers for work.
Many people are already aware of some of the more common online threats. However, many other security threats will go unnoticed among the uninitiated. For this reason, it’s important to raise awareness and create a culture of learning and accountability in your business.
Most people use web-based email clients like Hotmail, Yahoo or Gmail for personal use, but desktop email clients still dominate in the workplace. Business email clients offer many important extra features, such as archiving, offline functionality, and better security features. However, they’re quite different from web-based clients, and there are many different options on the market.
Some popular email clients include Windows Mail, Thunderbird, Microsoft Outlook and Apple Mail.
Virtually everyone who has ever used the internet knows how to use a search engine. While modern search engines are designed with ease of use in mind, they still offer some advanced functions that can be useful in the workplace. People who know how to use these functions will be much better at finding results quickly.
Google also provides more user-friendly functions in its advanced search section that allow users to search for results by time, relevance, location, and more.
All these skills might seem elementary, but there’s a lot more to IT than meets the eye.
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Fakhra Khalid Naseem is the Visiting Lecturer at Department of Information Management, University of Sargodha, Sargodha Pakistan. She completed her BS (Hons) and M. Phil. in Library and Information Sciences from the same department. Her research focuses on Knowledge Sharing and job Satisfaction of Librarians.
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