Alexandra is originally from the Bay Area, and got involved in marketing while working for a mobile gaming company before joining Nitro. You can find her eating and drinking her way through San Francisco in her spare time.
On November 4, 2016, Nitro will join AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management) to celebrate World Paper Free Day.
According to AIIM’s annual Paper Free Industry Watch Report, 42% of respondents agree that removing paper from businesses should be one of their top objectives. So why aren’t more organizations ditching paper?
Lack of time. Organizations may not have the time or resources necessary to track, consolidate, and digitize paper documents.
Resistance to change. New processes are oftentimes unpopular among employees who may not have the patience to learn and implement modern workflows.
Here are a few strategies to overcome these obstacles and pave the way for a paperless work environment:
Consider which documents need to be digitized first, then take your time converting the rest. Going digital in stages will not only relieve pressure on yourself and the organization, but it will also give you time to establish an organized system for your digital documents.
Make going paperless a choice, not a chore.
By allowing employees to maintain their workflows yet empowering them with new digital tools, the transition to paperless can happen organically. As the use of shared drives and digital tools becomes more prevalent, employees can work more efficiently and unconsciously reduce their reliance on paper.
A paperless office yields an array of benefits that can boost productivity and your bottom line, including the ability to:
Enhance collaboration by standardizing workflows
Give employees real-time visibility into document activity like sharing, viewing, and editing
Reduce costs of paper, printing, and storage
Save time by eliminating the need to print, scan, and complete forms by hand
Reduce environmental impact
Improve organization and expedite document retrieval
So the final question is: Can your organization afford not to go paperless? Get the conversation started by joining AIIM’s World Paper Free Day virtual event on November 4. Or, check out some of our helpful resources: