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Campaign To Remove Paper From Offices 285

An anonymous reader writes "A campaign started by HelloFax, Google, Expensify, and others has challenged businesses to get rid of physical paper from their office environment in 2013. According to the EPA, the average office worker uses about 10,000 sheets of paper each year, and the Paperless 2013 project wants to move all of those documents online. HelloFax CEO Joseph Walla said, 'The digital tools that are available today blow what we had even five years ago out of the water. For the first time, it's easy to sign, fax, and store documents without ever printing a piece of paper. It's finally fast and simple to complete paperwork and expense reports, to manage accounting, pay bills and invoice others. The paperless office is here – we just need to use it.' The companies involved all have a pretty obvious dog in this fight, but I can't say I'd mind getting rid of the stacks of paper HR sends me."
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Campaign To Remove Paper From Offices

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  • by crazyjj ( 2598719 ) * on Wednesday January 02, 2013 @06:07PM (#42454879)

    If it's anything like my old office, it's filled with a mixture of people unwilling or unable to learn ANYTHING new. ANYTHING new, no matter how simple.

    They learned how to fax stuff when they started in 1987, and that is the way they will do it until they die. And if you try to make them change, they will feign near-catatonic levels of stupidity, throw fits, intentionally sabotage equipment (yep, actually seen it happen), and generally throw up any roadblock they can manage to stand in the way of learning even the simplest new task.

  • by Russ1642 ( 1087959 ) on Wednesday January 02, 2013 @06:10PM (#42454945)
    I've always said the only way to go paperless is to not have printers in the office. None. You need to take away the ability to print and only then will people adapt.
  • I call... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by AmiMoJo ( 196126 ) * <mojo&world3,net> on Wednesday January 02, 2013 @06:12PM (#42454967) Homepage Journal

    ... bullshit. 10,000 pages a year? Even if you count every page of every book and all the toilet paper I wipe my arse with it would be a fraction of that.

    I'm all for saving paper, but this kind of exaggeration isn't very helpful. It's like the old one about plastic bags having an average lifetime of less than three minutes, which seems to ignore the fact that most people use them as bin liners.

  • by mspohr ( 589790 ) on Wednesday January 02, 2013 @06:41PM (#42455347)

    If it's never printed, then it can't be scanned.

  • by gnu-sucks ( 561404 ) on Wednesday January 02, 2013 @07:25PM (#42455839) Journal

    This is so true.

    Going paperless for the sake of paperless is dangerous. Going paperless because you have the technology (and user interface) to do so, and you think you have something to gain (such as increased simplicity, search capability, archival ease, etc) -- then there's a reason.

The next person to mention spaghetti stacks to me is going to have his head knocked off. -- Bill Conrad