In the fast-changing computerised world, fuelled by new digital technologies such as mobile phones, any job seekers and business owners today have to possess some excellent computer skills.
Basic computer skills such as Word, Excel, Power Point continue to dominate the computer software world and are being dominantly used in the workplace and are here to stay. Basic keyboard skills such as typing skills and learning the keyboard pads and key functions remain some of the top requirements for any job application.
“Computer skills have become increasingly important, as companies have started to depend upon computerized technology to get work done. Employees have a better chance of being successful in their place of work if they are able to navigate computers and use common or specialized computer programs. “says the General Manager of Avuxeni Computer Academy Adoplh van Rooyen
VALUE OF COMPUTER LITERACY FOR JOB SEEKERS
No matter what kind of job you are looking for, you are more likely to use a computer. Therefore, computer literacy is one of the crucial skills to your personal portfolio. Improving your computer skills greatly increases your chances of finding a job. Acquiring the basic computer knowledge by taking a basic computer course will give you a competitive advantage over others when looking for a job. Some of the benefits for job seekers to have computer skills are:
Fast typing skills
-You are more likely to get more work done in a very efficient manner if your typing skills are on point e.g. instead of taking notes down on a notebook, you can capture every detail on a computer using programmes such as Word and then share it all out with your team through email. This minimises all the traditional hiccups and facilitates the work and delivery processes for your workplace.
Gone are the days of post office, many organisations use the internet to communicate; especially email. Mastering these tools can help you become one of the greatest assets in the work environment. Learning how to write and reply to emails in a professional manner can put you among the top candidates for a job interview and for a job placement as more and more companies look for candidates who are good at executing this new form of communication with the right approach.
It’s vital in any workplace
In this computer-centred environment, it is very difficult to secure an interview or a job without any basic computer knowledge. Employers today, are more interested in your computer skills than ever as any work place is driven by computer software programmes like Word, Excel and PowerPoint. This is also a skill to help you progress in your career as you will be able to simplify complex tasks and add value to your organisation.
VALUE OF COMPUTER LITERACY IN THE WORKPLACE
The workplace is changing at a rapid pace and organizations that hope to keep up with the changes that are yet to come are well served by making sure their workforce is ready.
On the job computer literacy refers to the ability to use computer programs in an effective manner for the benefit of the workplace. Here are some of the Benefits of Employee Education and Computer Literacy in the Workplace
- Computer Literate employees have greater productivity and efficiency in the workplace:
Computer literate employees increase turn-around time. This ensures that organizations keep up with latest technology and the more these are continually exposed to opportunities to develop new skills, companies are then able to keep up with the evolving digital business world.
Identifying the gaps between the skills of your workforce today and the skills that will be required to maintain a competitive advantage in the future will keep you ahead of your competitors.
- Computer literacy and education have a direct impact on job satisfaction:
Companies that invest in their employees are seen as by their workforce as caring and supportive. Positive employees have positive attitudes toward their jobs and their companies and have increased work performance, company loyalty and higher value of workmanship leading to a heightened degree of productivity and an improved financial performance for the organization.
- Reduce turnover costs on employees:
Computer literacy will improve operational efficiency, which can and will help employers reduce expenses.
Grow your employee into leaders that are game changers for your field of business. Computer literate and educated employees are excellent candidates to promote within your business. “The bottom line is, computer literacy has a BOTTOM LINE impact on your business.” Concludes Mr van Rooyen.