It is pretty much impossible to work in any office setting if you don’t have basic proficiency in workplace programs that are widely used. Knowing these programs is considered to be a given when you are hired, and if you don’t know how to use them, you can find tutorials and classes online and offline. Many programs are set up in similar ways, and you will find that you gain confidence as you learn them. To start out, here are five workplace programs that you should be proficient in.
 

Google

There is more to Google than the search engine, although you definitely should know how to use that as well. Google has a lot of programs that are helpful for businesses including Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Drive.
 
Gmail is an email program that is pretty simple to set up and use. If you know how to use Gmail, you can transfer those skills to other email programs.
 
Google Calendar is an online calendar that can be used on your desktop computer and connects to your phone’s calendar. You can make the calendar private or public, and embed into a website. The calendar is a very useful tool and pretty easy to operate. You can book appointments, schedule meetings, and add to-do lists.
 
Google Drive is a little more difficult to learn, so it is better to learn the other programs first. Then you will feel comfortable with the Google interface, and how to get in and out of its different programs. Google Drive is an online cloud storage system, a filing cabinet per say, which you can use to store and share files.
 

DropBox

DropBox is similar to Google Drive in that it is a storage site for images, videos, and files. Once you learn Google Drive, you should have no trouble learning DropBox. DropBox is used slightly more often than Google Drive and is very compatible with both Windows and Mac computers. Along with saving files in a cloud-based server, you can invite other people to interact with your files. However, there is a maximum storage size of 5.5 GB on DropBox.
 

Basecamp

Basecamp is project management software that helps teams work together on a project. It allows a team to keep all of the notes, conversations and files for a project in one single place for access and discussion. A team leader can follow up on each member of his or her team to ensure that a project is flowing together the way it should.
 

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is a group of office programs that include Microsoft Word, Excel, OneNote, Outlook and PowerPoint. Microsoft Word is a word processing program. Excel is a spreadsheet program. OneNote is for taking and keeping notes. Outlook is an email program, and PowerPoint is for creating slides. The most important program to learn in this group is Word, but all are widely used.
 

Skype

Skype allows people to chat and call each other anywhere in the world for free. You can even have video calls. It is simple to operate and while the connections are not always optimal, it is still the best way to connect with people for free.
 
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There are many good reasons for a business to be philanthropic starting with using their resources to help others in need. While that is the underpinning behind any charitable donation, philanthropy can help businesses in several other ways. Philanthropy connects a company with a community. For instance, if you are a small business donating money and other resources to helping adults learn to read, you connect with everyone involved in that effort. You are creating social goodwill for your brand.
 

Doing It Right: Toms Shoes

One company that is famous for its philanthropy is Toms Shoes. For every pair of shoes purchased, Toms Shoes donates a pair to needy children. In doing so the company not only helps children who need shoes, they also spread goodwill for themselves in the communities they help. Toms Shoes is so dedicated to this program that they are now held up as an example of how to donate. They stay within their own market, shoes, and anytime someone sees a pair of Toms Shoes they are reminded of the philanthropic nature of the brand. Additionally, the philanthropy is a marketing tool for Toms Shoes because there are many stories about their donations and how they manage them.
 

Popular Philanthropy Models

There are many ways that companies can donate, however the most popular methods are:
 
1. Volunteer grant programs that donate money to non-profit organizations for time that employees invest
2. Matching gift programs that add to employee donations to non-profits
 
Apple has a corporate giving program that matches their employees’ donations up to $10,000 per year and has given millions to charities using this method. However, while a large business like Apple may be able to donate millions of dollars, smaller companies may not have that kind of cash reserve. Another option is working with a local charity and having employees bring in items from a list of needs that an organization compiles. The company can then match the donation or offer hours of labor on related projects.
 

Donating Your Core Business

Applying your company’s strength, knowledge or expertise in your industry in a charitable fashion whether it is shoes, computer knowledge, or carpentry, lets your community know what you are selling while donating valuable skills and time to help others in need.
 
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