Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Paperless or less paper?
So many people talk about paperless offices paperless environments and so on.... few ever achieve it. Sorting out my office recently really made me reflect on this. Like every business, I have to keep records for several years - but they take so much space and are really heavy!
We have the technology, it is a culture change we need. All my records and notes are stored electronically - as are school records, but I still have to have paper. Schools spend massive amounts of money on paper and printed resources. A school I visited recently in the United States recorded the fact that their paper usage was the equivalent of every person on the campus using 10,000 sheets of paper a year EACH. That really is not good!
The fact that a few schools in the UK and US are trying to operate in an almost paperless environment is really interesting and well worth following.
If the technology is robust - why can't we trust it? If it isn't robust enough yet - it must be soon!