Among my many - now broken - new year resolutions was an effort to cut down on the number of documents I was printing out at work.
As well as reducing my carbon footprint and saving SM
some money, this was chiefly to reduce the abundance of paper that had a habit of blanketing my desk until the situation got so severe I scooped it all up and put it in the recycling bin.
And according to a recent survey conducted on behalf of printer manufacturer Lexmark, buyers print out more pages per day than staff in any other corporate department. Purchasing professionals produce 48 pages a day, compared to an average of 32 across a company. As a comparison, admin and HR professionals print 39 pages a day, and the finance team print 38.
It’s no doubt important to have many of these documents in hard copy. But purchasers admitted that a fifth of pages they printed were either unnecessary or mistakenly produced.
According to the National Association of Paper Merchants
, paper use at work over the last decade has fallen by just 1 per cent. There is still some way to go before we see the “paperless office” become a reality.