Some businesses would rather not turn their office paperless because they foolishly think that investing on software and equipment would produce financial losses on their part.
After all, if they have managed to get by with traditional methods using paper to list and document their data, they need not shell out money to go paperless. However, what many businesses do not realize is that by maintaining their conventional ways, they are losing much more compared to the initial cost of starting a paperless office. In fact, eliminating the use of paper completely in a company reaps several benefits in the long run.
One major benefit of investing in paperless office software is that it significantly reduces labor cost. In a typical setup, workers make use of paper to disseminate information. This includes faxing or photocopying data, manual delivery of memos to offices, filing documents and other related tasks. According to statistics, forty to sixy percent of an employee’s time in the office is spent handling paper. With this high percentage, it clearly means that other tasks cannot be accomplished in a day because employees spend their hours looking for and passing around documents. Also, keeping information printed elevates the risk of misplacing or losing an important document. These mistakes are ever present each year, and it takes a lot of time, not to mention money, to get back a document that has been filed in the wrong place, labeled incorrectly or lost completely.
Investing in paperless software will decrease any company’s labor costs. If documents are turned into digital copies, employees can access a needed document in a few seconds, thus enabling them to get more information with lesser time and accomplish more tasks for any given day. It is also easier to find documents even if they have been incorrectly labeled. Paperless software like Vircosoft’s VFiler easily manages all documents that have been digitalized through its software, so if one employee accidentally deletes an important document, the company does not have to go through great lengths just to retrieve it; instead, applications like VFiler easily creates backups for the documents so all documents virtually cannot be lost.
Another significant advantage is that businesses can easily transfer or send their documents to their company’s various branches, so money spent on shipping costs are decreased. They may even choose to distribute tasks to their workers situated all around the world and benefit from lower labor rates in other countries.
So whether a business is just starting out small, or is already a well-established enterprise, achieving a paperless office will help in reducing expenses and churning out more profit. In the end, while traditional methods are hard to let go of, if they are turning out to be more expensive, then letting go for a cheaper but faster method is clearly the better option.
Steve Breault “DocMeister”