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By Juliana Aldous | Saturday, August 15, 2015

No More 9 to 5: Making a Flexible Schedule Work For You

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For my first office job I was required to wear a skirt or a dress and panty hose. I also had to get in my car every morning at exactly 7:45 a.m. and fight traffic on a California freeway to make it in time to punch the clock by exactly 8:30 a.m.

I wasn’t allowed to leave the office without a good reason and had to take time off for appointments. After a half-hour lunch and two mandated breaks, I could punch out at 5:00 p.m.

I often think back to that job as a quaint story to tell the kids: “Yes, really! I couldn’t wear open-toed shoes! I had an alarm clock! People took smoking breaks!”

The traditional 9-to-5 workday is an outdated concept these days, according to a new survey by CareerBuilder. The survey of 1,000+ workers in tech, financial services, sales, and professional and business services showed that half of workers check or respond to email outside of work. A fair amount of us are thinking about work before we go to bed and first thing when we get up in the morning.

But most of us see that flexibility as a choice and not an obligation. I’ll gladly check email after hours if it means I can also check a traffic app and then choose to work a couple hours from home in order to bypass that pile-up on the freeway. I’ll gladly send work emails at 7 p.m. if it means I can leave at 2:00 to attend a school event for my child. And I’ll gladly set up that conference call at 6 a.m. from time to time to meet with someone in another country—because 9 to 5 is especially outdated when it comes to working in a global economy.

Here are a few tips to make a flexible schedule work for you:

By Juliana Aldous | Monday, September 22, 2014

Collaborate and Communicate — with our Enterprise Content Management Courses


A presentation is due next week. The working document will need input from five people on your team and a review from your manager before it’s shared with the entire organization.

Chances are some of those people work on another floor, in another building, or even in another country.

How do you track the document as it passes through many hands in various locations—and where do you store it once you’re done? How do you make sure that the document is available next week or next year?

By Juliana Aldous | Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Using LinkedIn to manage your career

Manage your career with LinkedIn

We now have two courses on LinkedIn in our library from Richard Colback, one for individuals and one for businesses.

• Up and Running with LinkedIn
• LinkedIn for Business

I took Richard’s first course myself when I was interviewing at lynda.com, and it really helped me—so in turn I’d like to share five ways I’ve learned to use LinkedIn that can help you manage your career.

By Juliana Aldous | Monday, February 18, 2013

Getting to know Office 2013 and Office 365

Now that Microsoft has officially launched Office 365, we’d like to introduce you to our lineup of new Office training content.

You can use our new playlist feature to create your own personalized Office learning path. First determine which version of Office you’ll be using: Will you be starting with the cloud-based subscription Office 365? Or will you be taking the more traditional route with Office 2013? Note: if you are running Office 365 on a Windows 7 or 8, your version of Office will have the new features of Office 2013.

If you’re unfamiliar with the new Microsoft subscription model, I would suggest adding both David Rivers’s Up and Running with Office 365 and Curt Frye’s Up and Running with Office Web Apps to your playlist. David’s course introduces the Office 365 subscription model and how it works. Curt’s course takes you into the individual applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

The best course to start with to get an overall view of the latest Office features is David Rivers’s Office 2013 New Features. David walks you through the major applications in the suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, OneNote, and Outlook. Get a peek at integrating Office with the cloud. David covers the changes to the user interface, key new features, and product enhancements.

Figure 1 David Rivers shows you the suite.

David Rivers shows you the suite.

Figure 2 David Rivers takes you through the changes in Office 2013.

David Rivers takes you through the changes in Office 2013.

Figure 3 David Rivers shows you how to use SkyDrive with Office 2013.

David Rivers shows you how to use SkyDrive with Office 2013.

Once you’ve watched Office 2013 New Features, you’ll probably be ready to dive into your favorite Office application. We have more coming over the next few weeks, but to start you off we have Essential Training courses ready for SharePoint, Excel, Word, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

If you use SharePoint, start off with Gini Courter’s SharePoint Foundation 2013 Essential Training. The Essential Training covers all the basics and features. You’ll also get a deeper look at how SharePoint integrates with all the Office applications.

Excel 2010 Essential Training has been one of our most highly viewed courses. Dennis Taylor takes you through all the basics from organizing your data to working with formulas, worksheets, pivot tables, and charts in Excel 2013 Essential Training.

Next up is David Rivers’s Word 2013 Essential Training. Learn the basics of creating and editing documents, using templates and building blocks, sharing and collaborating in documents, and working with tables.

If Access is more your thing, then take a look at Adam Wilbert’s course on Access 2013 Essential Training. Adam demonstrates how to create and work with tables, forms, reports, and macros and how to use that data in other Office applications such as Excel and Word.

Our newest staff author and productivity guru, Jess Stratton, has two Essential Training courses for you: PowerPoint 2013 Essential Training and Outlook 2013 Essential Training. In PowerPoint 2013 Essential Training, Jess shows you the basics of creating, editing, working with, and sharing presentations. In Outlook 2013 Essential Training, Jess gives you a tour of the interface and teaches you how to create, send, organize, and read mail; use contacts; leverage productivity with tasks and notes; and manage your day with Outlook.

Keep an eye on our new release list for more.

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