Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Jan 2009 08:45 UTC, submitted by stonyandcher
Features, Office Yesterday we ran a story on how educational institutions defaulting to Microsoft Office may stifle some people who do not own a copy of Office or Windows. A Forrester Research report now states the bloody obvious by claiming that organisations stick with Microsoft Word not out of necessity, but out of habit.
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Word processing, powerpoint presentations and spreadsheets should be virtually eliminated from most companies. Email should be very actively discouraged too. These are all extremely inefficient and a vast waste of time. Most large and small companies worked perfectly well before computers existed.

Have all group meetings late on Friday afternoon so they are as short as possible,

Get a whiteboard rather than wasting days making elaborate presentations in powerpoint.

Pick up the phone or walk to your colleagues desk. This leaves no trail of evidence either.

Pin notices on the notice board rather than sending group emails.

Allow only the applications that are absolutely essential for each individual staff member on their computer.

Allow access to the email system only between 9.00-9.30am and 4.30-5.00pm

Bring back typing pools. It is crazy for manager on $100k a year who can type at 25wpm to do his own documents. Employ an expert typist on $20k instead and get her to do all the typing for an entire section.

Simply type any documents on wordpad (all lower case and misspelled is fine) and send them to the typist for word processing.

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