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Transitioning from paper to electronic records: Nothing good comes from cutting corners

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Bobby Zaepfel

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in HR Management,Human Resources

The temptation to cut corners while migrating from paper to electronic documentation is the largest and most common pitfall for organizations. In 99.9% of cases, it’s not intentional. It’s all too easy to cut corners without even realizing it is happening. There are a multitude of variables to consider with a migration project. If an organization misses two or three of those variables, the impact will not be recognized until years down the road. The potential disaster lies dormant, like a volcano, waiting to erupt. 

This summer, after speaking at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference in Chicago, I received an email from the CEO of an HR consulting firm. She described a client who had been keeping paper and electronic employee files for 10 years, in other words, a big mess. It was hard to know where to start in terms of helping her client with this transition. She asked the type of question I hear ...(register to read more)

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