The Paperless Office – Is It Really Possible?
The “paperless office” was a slogan first used in a 1975 Business week article to describe the office of the future. While that article was prescient about having a PC on every desk, goine entirely paperless remains to this day an elusive goal. While office automation does make paper redundant for some tasks like record-keeping and bookkeeping, and email and other electronic communications have lessened the flow of paper documents, the plain and simple truth is the offices still cope with paper every day. There are still forms to fill out, advertisements to sort through, and even snail mail letters. Some people still prefer a paper bill or invoice and write a paper check rather than doing an electronic payment.