Post-summer office clear out!

Post-summer office clear out!

British Summertime (albeit with minimal sunshine) is coming to an end and now is the perfect time to be thinking about a workspace revamp. Whether it be de-cluttering your desk or having a complete overhaul of your space, you need to take into consideration oh the methods you use to dispose of your documents.

A report by the Information Commissioner’s Office show that the leading cause of data breaches in the last year is loss, theft and incorrect disposal of paperwork, leading to some serious consequences. 

Here are some things to take into consideration:

Your desk – Ensure that your computer is shut down and/or locked, along with your desk space being free of paper clutter. Maybe consider a ‘clean desk’ policy to make sure all employees are preventing valuable information being lost or stolen; maybe add in a bonus for the tidiest desk?!

Storage – Make sure you have a good system in place for filing, so you know exactly where everything is and how long it needs to be kept. This should ensure that your documentation is in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Cleaning services – If you have an external cleaning service for your building, it’s important to make sure your documents are in a safe and locked location, away from prying eyes. Be sure to carry out the correct background checks on these employees as well, to prevent possible security breaches.

If you want more information on the benefits of confidential shredding, then give us a call on 01242 588600 and we’ll be happy to help!