How Do Companies Learn to Go Paperless?

Wadih Pazos January 6, 2014

How Do Companies Learn to Go Paperless?
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When undertaking new business tasks, company leaders might have no idea what they’re doing and just take on a “fake it ’til you make it” mentality. That way, they don’t lose face with their employees and still appear to be experts. This type of scenario has happened to almost everyone at some point in their lives.

It can be nerve-wracking to do something new for the first time, especially in a business setting. What if you mess up? The results could be disastrous for the company and mean you need to carve out your space in the unemployment line if the blunder is very severe.

That being said, this doesn’t have to be the case when businesses decide to embrace electronic workflow. Because so many administrators are starting to implement document management software in the workplace, there are plenty of success stories those new to the technology can look to for help. Many company leaders find that using someone else’s experience as guidance can be very helpful in ensuring the tools are used in a lucrative manner.

Learning from the experts

According to the Prince George Citizen, some professionals who have already leveraged the technology and gone paperless in their own offices are teaching novices how to do the same. The newspaper reported that experts from Canada’s College of New Caledonia recently decided to host a workshop for those interested in learning more, though the presentation is aimed specifically toward entrepreneurs considering invoice automation.

The plan is to offer the session at the college and touch on a few of the most popular e-invoicing tools, while teaching owners how to recognize the system that will work best for them.

This might be a great idea to import down to the United States. Perhaps on a smaller scale, business owners should consider asking peers or other professionals they know who have leveraged these tools with success to give them a one-on-one demonstration of how the technology works and the benefits they have seen so far.

Read up on your information

However, if there aren’t any opportunities to speak with those well-versed in the technology, it’s always a good idea to read up on these types of systems. Because it’s such a popular method of managing files, forms and other documents, many of the most popular business and tech publications in the United States have been including articles about how business leaders can digitize both at home and in the office.

For instance, a New York Times blog recently reported that the industry is ever-expanding and reviewed a number of apps workers can use to access paperless information from their phones.

Wadih Pazos

Wadih founded PairSoft and PaperSave, and he currently advises non-profits on business process improvement and technology.

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