January 15, 2020

Have you treated me fairly over the years?

Whenever I give you the right report, you said that is expected of me.

Whenever something goes wrong, you blame me. I am not to be blamed for the mistake. I am just following your instructions.

Do you know that I am capable of many things? I bet you don’t know because you always asked me to do the same old thing.

Do you know that I am capable of many things? Just because your peers told you otherwise and you believed them.

Why do you make me work more than 8 hours a day, when you can take short cuts and finish it off in 15 minutes?

 Whenever I asked to upgrade myself, you always said that it is a waste of money. Do you know that I can make your life easier after upgrading?

You always threatened to replace me, telling me that someone else do my job cheaper, even for free. Do you know that they are not compatible with other working partners?

Whenever things get slightly more complicated, you choose the easy way out.

by Voice of Excel

Let me explain what I mean below:

Whenever I give you the right report, you said that is expected of me. --> Pivot Table can produce the report the way you want it because the data source is setup in the right format.

Whenever something goes wrong, you blame me. I am not to be blamed for the mistake. I am just following your instructions. --> If your data source do not have the relevant headers and data is not arranged correctly, your Pivot Table cannot produce what you wanted.

Do you know that I am capable of many things? I bet you don’t know because you always asked me to do the same old thing. --> Most people only know how to put data into the worksheets and do simple addition and filtering. Excel has a lot of functions not know to many users.

Do you know that I am capable of many things? Just because your peers told you otherwise and you believed them. A lot of users only know the basics of Excel and do not explore beyond the basics if nobody tell them about it.

Why do you make me work more than 8 hours a day, when you can take short cuts and finish it off in 15 minutes? --> A lot of people resort to simple and paste simply because they do not how to use beyond the basic functions to save time.

Whenever I asked to upgrade myself, you always said that it is a waste of money. Do you know that I can make your life easier after upgrading? --> New functions of Excel have been added into the latest version. For example, Excel now as Flash Fill which can guess what you want to do when you give it a simple example.

You always threatened to replace me, telling me that someone else do my job cheaper, even for free. Do you know that they are not compatible with other working partners? --> Open Office and Google Spreadsheets formatting may not be compatible with Excel because of the way data is stored in each applications. If you save your data as an Excel workbook, it may not work probably. Excel in Mac is also not completely compatible with Windows version.

Whenever things get slightly more complicated, you choose the easy way out. --> A lot of users resort to simple copy and paste instead of using formulas to help them re-organize the data to the correct layout and format.  


    Jason Khoo

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