As I printed out an industry article on business records storage to read, I realized that I'm not doing my part in helping the company go paperless. Sure, we offer paperless solutions, but it didn't hit home how much paper I waste until reading AIIM’s report 8 Reasons You Need a Strategy for Managing Information – Before It’s Too Late (www. AIIM.org/8 things):
There are over 4 trillion paper documents in the U.S., growing at a rate of 22% per year
For 56% of organizations, the volume of paper records is increasing
The average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year and wastes about 1,410 of these pages
With the average cost of each wasted page being about six cents, a company with 500 employees could be spending $42,000 per year on wasted prints
Then I looked around on my desk to see just exactly how much paper I use. From printing out articles and proofs to Web pages and specs, I contribute to the waste. I guess I'm still so used to having important information in my hands that I never stopped hitting the print button. Now I have to get used to having that information just on my desktop.
So as my company helps transition other organizations to the paperless future, I also have to do my part. I've already switched to paperless statements and bills at home, but it's time to do the same at work. Feel free to share your ideas for going paperless as well.
Online Marketing Manager
Archive Systems, Inc.
Changing the Way the World Manages Documents