As the economy weakens, Americans begin to find ways to save money. One of the latest trends in saving money is considered “the paperless office”. This new paperless office method is a concept that is now considered “Green”, also known as environmentally friendly. These “Green” approaches are engineered to help save money and save the environment. A paperless office does not completely eliminate paper in a work environment, but rather uses a minimal use of paper taking on a smarter approach by converting all documentation into a technological form. Reducing the use of paper in a work place improves efficiency, saves money, time and space.
Advantages of Going Paperless in the Workplace
Today several home and business offices are converting to the “paperless office”. The paperless office does not mean complete elimination of paper but rather relates to the storage of information. Companies are converting paperwork to computer files, which has eliminated the need for storing paperwork. Businesses that choose to adopt this method will not only save money, time and space but reap the benefits of efficient time management. Lastly, these efforts will lead to businesses creating a ‘Green’ marketplace, saving our environment. Businesses have spent countless dollars by using paper documents and because of this; small market companies as well as global conglomerates are willing to make the change to transfer to computer files. Studies have shown that an average size company can save over $150,000 per year by going paperless (e.g., Carlson, Kim (2009) Green Your Work). Companies who choose to make the switch will have the potential to cut certain costs from their budget. Potential savings may include; the actual cost of paper, printing costs, fax/copier equipment and supplies, distribution, mailing costs, courier services, filing supplies, and storage space...
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