It is inevitable that the majority of office based workplaces will end up with a large amount of paper documents, files and records all of which take up valuable space on desks, cabinets and in the general office.

Having a largely cluttered office full of paper files and documents not only reduces the efficiency of your workforce, but can also increase the risk of fire and can create a sense of claustrophobia around the office which can negatively impact employees.

Despite the global efforts towards more paperless businesses and business practices, paper will remain a large part of office life for the foreseeable future, so what is the solution?

What is offsite document management?

Offsite document management is relatively self explanatory. It involves the process of removing all unnecessary paper files, records and documents from your workplace and storing them in an external facility ready to be collected and used when required.

Many offsite document management companies offer a collection and delivery service as standard, ensuring that you will always have access to your important documents as and when you need them.

How will offsite document storage and management benefit my business

There are numerous benefits to moving your paper documents offsite and storing them with a professional and experienced company. Whilst the obvious, main benefit involves the freeing p of important office space, there are a variety of additional benefits of offsite document storage.

These additional benefits include aspects such as:

  • Easy access to your offsite documents as mentioned most document storage companies offer a free deliver and/or collection service designed to ensure that you always have access to the documents you need, when you need them.
  • Compliance with data protection laws As a business owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that documents containing sensitive or personal information are kept safe and secure, and offsite document storage is often a lot safer than storing them in house.
  • Cost effective since you no longer have to create your own storage system or buy cabinets and storage boxes, offsite document management systems can help save your business a lot of money in the long term which can be used for future investment.
  • Protection many offsite storage companies have unique facilities in which they store your documents. These facilities are equipped with high levels of security and some are even designed to protect your documents from the damaging effects of heat and moisture.
  • Time saving outsourcing your document management requirements to an experienced company frees up the time for your day to day responsibilities that come with running a business

Ultimately, the overarching benefit of offsite document storage and management is the peace of mind you, as a business owner, achieve from knowing that all of your important paper documents, records and files are safe and secure.

What other management options are available?

As a part of your offsite documents management, many companies that store and protect your important files will also offer additional document management services such as document scanning and shredding that are available for you to use when you need them.

These additional services hep to further ensure the protection of your documents and your customer’s/client’s sensitive information as it is now the case – as part of the GDPR law – that any unnecessary documents that have fulfilled their purpose should be destroyed to prevent theft of personal information.

It is important to understand the variety of services that come with offsite document management systems in order to ensure that your documents are being stored and dealt with effectively and professionally according to your specific requirements.

Author's Bio: 

RADS Document Storage in Nottingham offers a wide range of professional document management services, including Document Storage, Scanning and Document Shredding.