There is no doubt about it, we are in a digital age, but does that mean we can become a world without paper? Back in the 1970s technology pundits were convinced that within 20 years offices would be paperless. A big ask back then but now more than ever, we have the technology to make that a reality.
How Things Have Changed
Gone are the days where we used to jump with joy on receiving our annual diary. Spending the next couple of days transferring those birthdays and other bits of information across from the previous year. Co-ordinating diaries within an organisation was also a nightmare. Between negotiating with the various assistants and trying to find a free conference room – the process could take days.
Speaking of meetings, the diligent note taking as the recorder wasn’t always trusted and then the delay as you waited for the minutes to be transcribed and put on your desk for review always took longer than you wanted. Nowadays you can easily record a meeting on a program like Teams and enable the transcription services.
When it comes to embracing technology, whatever reasons we come up with are usually quickly countered with another technological advance. And a paperless office is definitely something we could in theory implement immediately.