Direct Cost of Shredding Internally
2,000 sheets divided by 15 sheets per minute is 2 hours 15 minutes. If the shredding person makes as little as $8 per hour plus 25% for taxes and benefits, that means the direct cost of internally shredding 2,000 pages is $22.22 per month. When you add in the cost of the in-house shredder, disposal of bags of paper, dust clean up and disruptions from noise, you are better off using a professional, bonded document destruction company.
Internal personnel should not be responsible for destroying certain information. Common sense dictates that payroll information and materials that involve labor relations or legal affairs should not be entrusted to entry level employees for destruction. Beyond that, competition sensitive information is best protected from them as well. It has been establihed, time and again, that employees are the most likely to realize the value of certain information to competitors. Additionally, lower wage employees often have the economic motivation to capitalize on their access to information. The only acceptable alternatives are to have the materials destroyed under the supervision of upper management or by a carefully selected document destruction company.
Information that should be shredded is often just thrown away. One person who was responsible for shredding highly confidential intellectual property told me that instead of shredding the material, they simply “tore them in two and threw them in the trash.” If you give an employee a task that is too unpleasant, eventually they will stop completing the task.
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