I have to keep catching my jaw from hitting the floor as I have visited businesses over the past few months. It amazes me that business owners will pay a staff member their hourly rate or possibly even salary wage to sit in front of a shredder to feed 5-10 sheets of paper through a cheap machine only to have it overheat or break because of a forgotten staple or paper clip.
I spoke to a lady the other day that said “I shred a stack of paper each day and it takes me 10 to 20 minutes”. Spending 20 minutes a day to shred vital documents doesn’t sound bad at all and actually seems like necessary cost of doing business.
But is it really? This lady is spending 20 minutes a day; 100 minutes a week; or six and a half hours a month to shred documents.
On the conservative side if she made just the bare minimum wage here in Utah of $7.25 then this company is paying $47.13 a month to shred their old documents. If you add in the cost of a shredder and the opportunity cost of that employee staring at a shredder and the other tasks not being done it begins to add up quickly.
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I get that there is an obvious penny to be saved when you do MOST things yourself. But there is a more efficient and environmentally friendly way to shred those documents. And it’s by outsourcing to a shred company that will save you money, destroy your documents faster, recycle the paper, and increase workflow with on-task employees.