In recent articles, we’ve shown you that it’s possible to save money and increase office productivity by adjusting just a few simple things. Here’s another one; if you can shave just 3 minutes per day when performing common everyday tasks on your PC, you can save 12.5 hours of non-productive time during the year.
That doesn’t sound like much until you apply your company’s average hourly pay rate to each employee! So, if you have 5 employees and you pay them an average salary of $20 per hour, then collectively, you’re paying $1,250.00 for wasted time. Here’s the math:
(3 minutes per day X 5 days X 50 weeks) / 60 minutes = 12.5 hours X 5 employees = 62.5 hours X $20 per hour = $1,250.00.
The mouse is one of the most inefficient ways to use your computer
Using your mouse often times requires multiple clicks to perform a task when in most cases a keyboard shortcut will do the job in much less time, saving seconds off each chore throughout your day. Those seconds do add up!
Now, I can list all of the Windows Operating System keyboard shortcuts for you in this article, but the fact is they are well documented on the web. A simple Google search will reveal millions of hits.
Learn keyboard shortcuts and dramatically increase your productivity using this resource
Click here for a great site that lists Windows shortcuts for versions XP (which you shouldn’t be using — right?) through Windows 8. The website also includes keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Word and Excel as well as the Mac and Linux Operating Systems, so it is a great resource.
This tip when combined with others we have recently written about can save your business almost 90 hours per employee per year. That’s $9,000 for a business with 5 employees and an average hourly pay rate of $20.00. As we’ve said before, it’s the little changes you do that can make a big difference.
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