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One of the ways you can reduce expenses while also reducing your carbon footprint is by working to go paperless. Sound daunting? Here are some tips on getting started:
Don’t hit "print." Resist the temptation to print that e-mail or spreadsheet. Read it off the screen instead. Untold trees can be saved by simply not printing when you don’t have to.
Try an electronic tool. The need to print pages can be almost eliminated entirely by using an electronic document management tool. This will save time by eliminating the need to make constant trips to and from the filing cabinets and will dramatically save money by reducing costs of paper, toner, supplies, and storage facilities, as well as ever-rising overnight shipping charges.
Make a plan. Organizations of all types are realizing that manual and paper-based processes for managing documents are inefficient and expensive. Learn about technology that can help boost productivity and save costs in the workplace and then put a system into place.
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