We live in a technological world. Mobile phones went from three kilogram bricks that could make phone calls to full-blown computers in our pockets. As such, the state of the business world has changed, and your boss knows it too. Here’s 5 things you should be able to do in a workplace.


Everybody hates spreadsheets. But in a workplace, it’s an important thing to be able to pull out Excel and calculate budgets on the fly with in-built formulas and pretty tables. Need to have a presentation ready for a board meeting? PowerPoint’s got your back. Project proposals? Just use Word. These are must-have skills in the business world today, so brush up and learn to process words like a pro.

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Nobody knows everything, and unless you’re Einstein, you probably don’t know the first thing about astrophysics or thermodynamics. But if it ever comes up in a conversation around the water cooler or after-hours drinks on a Friday, you can always whip out your phone and Google it to sound smart. Just please.. don’t use Bing.

Google everything

These guys make this whole adulting thing so much easier



I’ve heard so many stories of people not understanding the ins and outs of the computer hardware they’re expected to use on a daily basis, and I completely get why. Not everyone knows what a graphics card or a CPU is, nor do they really need to. But when you’re calling your computer tower “the hard drive” or using the DVD drive as a cup holder for your morning coffee, you should probably take a step back and do a bit of research. You wouldn’t get behind the wheel of a car without knowing how to drive.

Please don't.

No. Just no.



Snail mail was a thing for a long time, but paper-based communication is definitely on the way out. Email has also been a thing for the past 50 years. If you haven’t learnt how to use it yet, put it on your to-do list, because it makes inter-office communication so much easier than picking up a phone or, God forbid, actually WALKING to a colleague’s desk.

Emails are your friend.

Hooray for electronic forms of communication!



Plain and simple. If you can’t turn on a computer in the 21st century, then what are you doing with your life? It’s a button on the front of the case. Push it. Push it real good. Also make sure that the screen is on, because it’s kind of difficult to work when you can’t see what you’re working on.

Turned it off and on?

This is my power button. There are many like it, but this one is mine.


About the Author

Ross Evans

Put together from bits of scrap electronics sourced from various junk yards, Ross is the ITShop Chief Technical Officer and blog post writer for all things regarding tech. Avid consumer of caffeine-based products. Hates trains. Is an actual wizard.