Whether it’s paperless or paper less, one thing’s for sure: businesses want to print less. This is good for the accounts. This is good for the environment. It’s a win-win target for any organisation.
The idealised office in which paper has been Houdinied away is, of course, a laudable goal. And, during the technological revolution of the 80s, it most certainly looked achievable.
The business community should indeed strive to use less paper – and, where possible, eliminate it altogether. Like a left shoe and right shoe though, expectation and reality travel separately. In fact, with 2016 upon us, the one common denominator across 99.9% of business offices globally is paper.
The aim, then, should be paper less.
The paper cut that doesn’t hurt
Paper cuts don’t always have to hurt. Simple measures such as double-sided printing reduces paper consumption by 50%, for instance. The outcome is always a win-win when when it’s good for administration, costs and the environment.
Likewise, many paper-intensive tasks can be digitised. Cloud-based document management systems are key to this. They serve as a central repository for important documents.
This moves you away from the rigidity of physical documentation. It means no longer wasting resources sifting through stacks of folders to find a single document.
Graphic information sources:
- Xerox “The Paperless Advantage
Paperless or paper-efficient?
Any business capable of achieving a paperless state deserves a big pat on the back. For most of us mere mortals though, paper remains a day to day reality – and an essential one at that.
By making your office more paper-efficient, you can:
- Save money
- Increase productivity and efficiency through improved document workflow
- Put less strain on the environment
Therefore, to attain a more sustainable future, businesses should set the aim of working towards a paper-efficient office. You can do so with the help of managed print and document management.
For more information on reducing paper consumption, speak to RDT.