Some companies have the philosophy “I have employees that don’t do much anyway, let them stand in front of a shredder all day” Now, aside from the obvious questions – why are we operating so inefficiently? Why are we wasting employee time, isn’t that time much more valuable used elsewhere? How are we managing our people, etc. The truth is, just look at the numbers. You can use an hourly wage employee in many cases and realize it makes sense to use an on-site shredding solution. When you factor in independent shredder machine cost and maintenance, not to mention the replacement cost of man hours, it’s a no brainer. Do we also need to get into the upside of using a provided security console, to house this generated proprietary material during business hours, off hours?
At Confidential Shredding we had an example just last month of the dangers of not housing your sensitive hard copy materials. At a medium size organization in the Paramus area, they had a potential serious breach, albeit a confusing one. I was not privy to the type of documents in question, or the how serious the loss of, or sharing of this information was. What I do know is they couldn’t determine if the breach was an employee, after hours cleaning personnel, etc. All this could have been avoided by initiating a company wide policy for handling any confidential papers generated on a day to day basis.