The Guru says:November 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm
This may sound a little harsh, but can your supervisor not simply edit the file in Excel? Does s/he not have Excel? Or has it but doesnt know how to use it? Whats the barrier to simply attaching the Excel sheet to the outgoing email, rather than dumping the text into the body of the email? I dont really get how this copy-and-paste process you describe evolved. How did you two come up with this way of doing things?
It sounds to me like your company needs the services of a good IT professional to set up some sort of environment in which your supervisor has direct access to the data that needs editing. Or your supervisor should get/learn Excel and edit your sheet when you turn it in. Or you could let your supervisor write on a hard copy and you type the changes. But the system you describe sounds maddeningly over-engineered to me. Flipping the data back and forth among various file types (copying to Word, over to Outlook, then re-copying back to Excel) is bound to cause formatting issues.