There are many different types of documents that should be shredded the moment they are no longer needed. However, the hassle of doing so can disrupt the working day, distract individuals from important tasks and use up valuable business time and resources.
Using professional services to shred documents will help businesses to avoid this hassle, and employing such services will no doubt help any company to ensure that their vital shredding is carried out in a timely manner as opposed to being forgotten about for months or years on end.
So what kind of documents should businesses look at shredding the moment they become superfluous? Both old accounting information and even bank statements are overlooked items that could benefit from secure shredding. Whilst certain statements and tax returns may need to be kept, those that are obsolete should be placed in a specific location in which all items to be shredded can be securely stored. If not, it is likely that such information will simply be thrown away, which can lead to personal and financial information falling into the wrong hands.
Any correspondence from banks or credit card companies can offer a wealth of information to potential identity thieves and therefore such documents should also be shredded. Anything with personal or financial information about you, your business, or your employees will also need secure shredding, and taking the time to analyze the contents of documents before you throw them away could prove extremely important.
Ultimately, since such services will be needed by any business at one time or another, when in doubt about whether a document should be shredded, play it safe and ensure it is effectively destroyed.