By Vincent Epure
A study of over 1,000 employees1 who use PowerPoint to create internal and external reports found that 40% of their time is spent on formatting issues.
Despite this, 70% of presentations still don’t comply with corporate design guidelines.
For most companies, it seems, report creation in PowerPoint is an inefficient process. It costs them time and resources that could be spent on more important tasks. Ultimately, it hurts their profit.
But you don’t have to be stuck in the PowerPoint time-waste loop.
Let’s understand better the problems behind inefficient report creation and see how you can address them.
Where Is Most Time Wasted in PowerPoint?
PowerPoint is powerful and full of features, but you can end up wasting a lot of time making small changes and tweaks to your reports.
The insightful report we’ve mentioned found that the most common time-consumers when creating PowerPoint reports are:
- Creating and formatting visually appealing slides (43%)
- Formatting charts and tables for accuracy (42%)
Most people spend more time on these activities than they do on creating content that connects with their audience.
Why Inefficient Report Creation Is a Big Problem
Inefficient report creation is not simply a timewaster for your team. It’s worse than that—it can have a detrimental impact on your business. Here’s why:
- You have less time for providing valuable insights
Employees who use PowerPoint can spend an average of eight hours on formatting issues alone. This is time not spent gaining and sharing business insights and improving the content of the report.
- You could be spending more time on revenue-generating activities
Time wasted on generating PowerPoint reports can be better spent on finding solutions to problems, improving customer satisfaction, engaging with new and existing clients, or marketing the business.
- It’s frustrating and boring for employees
Formatting in PowerPoint is often a menial and repetitive process. It can demotivate employees and make them feel that their talents are not being put to the best use.
- It still doesn’t solve consistency problems
You’d think that all that fine-tuning would help make your reports consistent. But according to the study, only 30% of internal presentations and 25% of external presentations are consistent.
Making a Difference
Other companies may lose inordinate amounts of time and energy creating PowerPoint reports. But you don’t have to.
The solution is simple and elegant—report automation.
PPTX builder can save your business time and money and help you create a more efficient working environment for your employees.
Find out how — explore the benefits of PPTX Builder now.
1Made in Office – The Big PowerPoint Study: made-in-office.com/en/powerpoint-study/