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The Keys to Long-Term Productivity

Computer Keyboard

It’s a safe bet that anyone reading this article spends a good part of their day in the company of their PC. Yet with all of this technology at our fingertips, what is the common denominator that is still slowing most of us down?

No prizes for spotting the ill-concealed hint within the question: FINGERTIPS.

Let’s face it, Microsoft Office has empowered a generation to correspond, number crunch, plan, publish…you name it. Even those at the lofty heights of management are likely to bash out their instructions via email. Speaking for myself, I probably spend a good 6+ hours a day doing stuff on a QWERTY keyboard. I’m a self-confessed cr4p typ1st, and I “get by” with my uneven, self-taught style.

I’m forced to concede that this is not really OK. Almost every employer, given the choice, would prefer to hire an employee that can type quickly and accurately. In this modern digital age, typing slowly and/or with just two or three fingers is unacceptable.

It’s time to skill-up.

We all upgrade our hardware and software every so often, so why not also “upgrade” the DIGITAL INTERFACE (see what I did there?) between one’s mind and computer.

Touch typing (a technique where an individual types with all their fingers and thumbs, without looking at the keyboard), is considered to be an essential skill for workers in many professions. A modest improvement in one’s ability will have an exponential impact on productivity.

Am I exaggerating? Well, let’s add up all of those “saved seconds” as they occur every minute, every hour, every day, every week, and every month. Typing at speed, at an above-average word per minute will save you countless hours of time at the keyboard, improve efficiency and allow you to multi-task. Additionally, the reduction in work pressure allows for an increased competitive edge among colleagues.

Put it this way, an untrained (but moderately competent) typist can achieve around 25-35 words per minute. Trained typists will achieve upwards of 50 words per minute. Just think how much time you can free up if you were typing at twice the speed.

Organisations look for employees that are motivated and able to make effective use of their time during working hours. As a touch typist, productivity is naturally increased and so assignments are delivered in a shorter timeframe. This in itself can remove the intense pressure of ‘extra work’ and by saving working hours, your firm can stay ahead of the competition, irrespective of profession, as ultimately productivity matters. This basic yet crucial tech skill is probably more valuable in terms of return on investment than any other course you are likely to take. Whilst we can all ‘type’, only 30% of the workforce can type effectively.

Where to start? The solution is via your LMS!

Now that we’ve agreed (as I’ve made such a compelling and watertight case!) that it might be a smart move to invest a tiny amount of time to improve on something you do every day, let’s do something about it.

Devoting just a few hours to learn the skill of touch typing can reap huge rewards. Just like learning to drive, where we take lessons and then a proficiency test, we should apply the same principles when learning to type. With the KAZ Typing Tutor for Business it takes just 90 minutes to learn the a-z keys, plus practice time. You can practice on exercises within the course, as well as on emails, essays, and work presentations.

This course can be accessed via any LMS, so that all of your staff can quickly improve their typing skills, unlocking an immense amount of future productivity.

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Still not convinced?

Here are a few more benefits:

Concentration power: Keyboarding improves concentration levels on all computer-based tasks. When touch typing, skills are learned, cognitive mental development is enhanced and you develop the ability to ‘think type’. Simply put, what you think, ‘appears’ on the screen in front of you. Subconscious touch typing does not extract mental energy, it leaves the mind free to process other thoughts and ideas.

Professional status: Typing ‘efficiently’ significantly enhances your professional image. When you touch type at high speed and with accuracy, you naturally appear more confident and more in control. Remember, a professional image is crucial for your career prospects and excellent typing abilities will stand you apart from your colleagues.

Mental health & well-being: An additional benefit of learning to touch type correctly is the knowledge gained (sitting with good posture and the correct positioning of hands, wrists, and fingers at the keyboard). If you suffer from stiffness of the shoulders, neck, hand or wrists, or suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) or RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), touch typing will help reduce or eliminate these symptoms and conditions. Observing these simple ergonomics will protect you from these and other complications - an invaluable benefit of learning touch typing.

To sum up…

Touch typing improves your academic performance and widens the scope for future opportunities in the professional sector. As an employee, you can improve efficiency, productivity, the ability to multi-task, and time management, whilst protecting your mental health and well-being.

The solution is right here: KAZ Typing Tutor for Business.

Contact us for a free trial. Businesses with over 100 employees can also try KAZ free of charge via their LMS (we can provide demo access for upto 5 evaluators).