Thinking Outside the box

Thursday, July 11, 2013 12:41:00 PM

My wife set a job applicant a task to demonstrate their office skills. She created a list of telephone calls received in time order and asked the applicant to create a spreadsheet in alphabetical order of surname. The applicant had not finished the task in the ten minutes allowed, so my wife had a look over their shoulder...

He was looking down the list of names for the next surname in alphabetical order and then entering the data...

At this point is your reaction:

(a) Well how else would you do it?

(b) Well I would not be employing him!


The way to tackle this task is to enter the list in the order given and then use Excel's Data Sort to put the list in order. This may seem like a trivial problem, but would you want to pay even minimum wage to someone who takes 30 minutes to do a 10 minute task?

So what is this anecdote doing in a Sage blog?

Unlike the unfortunate applicant, I can think outside the box and devise the most efficient processes for your business. If you are not using the most recent version of Sage you could be missing out on new processes, such as automatic submission of VAT returns. If you do have the current version of Sage, are your users aware of all the new features?

Why not ask me to visit you for an hour and see if I can help you use your software more efficiently

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