Magazine article ARMA Records Management Quarterly

Strokes.From the Penn

Magazine article ARMA Records Management Quarterly

Strokes.From the Penn

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It hasn't happened often in the years I've been writing this column, but every once in a while I find myself at a loss for a topic. Fortunately, I can usually count on the consulting world to help me out. This is one of those times. Yet another management consulting firm has produced yet another statistic-and it's a doozy! The average office worker uses 250 pounds of paper and spends 40 to 60 percent of his time creating or working with documents.

Actually, that's two statistics, but I was most intrigued by the latter. If a person spends 40 to 60 percent of his time creating or working with documents, doesn't that also mean that he spends 40 to 60 percent of his time not creating or working with documents? And if 40 to 60 percent of the time is spent not creating or working with documents, what is that time spent doing?

Meetings, you say? Nice try, but when is the last time you went to a meeting where there weren't a stack of documents passed out to the attendees? …

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