Wadih founded PairSoft and PaperSave, and he currently advises non-profits on business process improvement and technology.View all posts by Wadih Pazos
Wadih Pazos • June 30, 2014
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The scanning process is one of the most labor-intensive parts of the transition but is one of the biggest payoffs in the long term. According to The Paperless Project, employees spend nearly a third of their time in the office searching for the right document, wasting company resources and frustrating individuals. This same process can take place during the scanning procedure if the electronic workflow of the paperless document management system is clogged up with documents that aren’t needed.
In this case, the best practice is to nip this problem in the bud before it can even arise – sort through your documents before scanning them and be sure to shred any information that is no longer needed or relevant to the company. This avoids using too much space in a cloud-based system and eliminates the storage of any information that could put the company at risk in the event of a hacker finding their way into the system. It may be a little grunt work up front, but it will be well worth it in the long run!
An office happily converted to electronic document imaging will often be haunted by the ghosts of an unproductive past when project managers and higher-ups are unsure how to dispose of large equipment like copiers and printers responsibly. This problem can be easily resolved with a little research. The Better Business Bureau suggests finding a new home for equipment with companies that still find the technology necessary – there are a number of websites through which you can post the availability of a machine and donate it to a local business. If a new home cannot be found, many national retailers accept parts for recycling that will dispose of them without endangering the environment.
The last tip is an easy one – make sure project managers are fluent in the new software and have the tools to train employees fully before launching. When employees don’t know how to increase their electronic workflow and navigate a paperless system, the productivity of the office can be affected, and the same resources that used to be lost while rifling through the file cabinet can rear their ugly heads once more.
When it comes to paperless, a little preparation is all it takes to make your workspace the best it can be.