Updating Your Document Disposal Plan Post COVID

Posted by Ryan Richard

COVID-19 caused a lot of changes in offices and at home. Now that things are starting to get back to the new normal, having a plan in place for your return to the office should be a high priority. Decluttering all the paperwork from the past year, and getting ready to re-implement new data security protocols can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be.

Getting your employees on board with a new document disposal plan can save time, money, and the likelihood of data being compromised. The key is introducing and enforcing the plan to make sure the company is safe.

Document Disposal Plan

The first line of defense? A strong document disposal plan. With people working from home due to COVID, it was easy to blur the lines when it came to document destruction. Those days are no more. This includes getting rid of outdated technology and documents the right way. Decluttering hard drives that need shredding, gathering up sensitive paperwork that should be disposed of, and creating clean spaces in your area and mind can help with the transition back to the office. One of the worst things you can do is compromise your data privacy and incur a breach. As a rule of thumb, your employees should shred everything, or as much as they possibly can, with a professional shredding company as opposed to a home shredding machine where paperwork can be put back together.


What’s so important about document shredding? Do you really want to have a data privacy lawsuit on your hands? Yes, it’s really that serious. Imagine one of your employees working from home or in the office forgetting to shred paperwork that has someone’s financial information on it, or worse, their social security number. The company would be liable for those breaches that could cost thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions, depending on how many people were compromised. Can your business withstand that?

Document shredding is good practice personally and professionally. There are too many people that make identity theft a way to make their living to run the risk of not having all their data and information safe and secure. Shredding is one of the best ways to begin implementing those types of security protocols that are easy and relatively inexpensive to do.

Companies that have shredding services on speed dial or take the time to schedule recurring pickups or site shredding have lower chances of being compromised when it comes to handling paperwork. Creating a company culture where shredding is not a bad word can help everyone understand the complexities and seriousness of document privacy and safety.

Contact Carolina Shred

When you’re ready to implement your document disposal plan, the best team to call is Carolina Shred! We make sure you’re compliant every step of the way. From mobile shredding services to hard-drive destruction, we are available to take care of all your needs. There’s a reason why we’re a trusted brand across the state. Let us help you with your shredding plans today. Call for an estimate now.