Annual office paper prints stack up to an 8 mile high paper mountain!

November 14th, 2007 - 2:16 am ICT by admin  
Research by Fujitsu Siemens Computers showed that the average worker printed 22 pages of paper every day.

Half of the 2,000 adults questioned admitted that they printed the same document several times by mistake.

The poll found that two in five workers said they had picked up someone else’s print-out by mistake and eight per cent admitted printing emails before they had read them.

The report accused workers of being “carefree” in their printing habits after almost a quarter of office workers admitted they never thought about whether they should be printing so many documents.

A further 13 per cent do not worry about how many documents they print as long as they recycle them.

However, the survey pointed that the printing waste wasn’t solely the fault of the workers, for two thirds (64 per cent) of office workers said their companies had no policy on which documents should be printed.

Only 16 per cent of workers said that their company emails carry a footnote asking the recipient whether it is necessary to print out the email, and only two-thirds of companies provide recycling bins for paper.

Three out of four workers said they had fixed a printer or copier by removing jammed paper and two out of three had changed the toner. But, according to almost 25 per cent, they had walked away from an out-of-order printer hoping that somebody else would fix it.

“Sadly the paperless office remains a myth for many. Office printing continues to be out of control. This is compounded by the fact that there is a general lack of guidelines for employees around printing practices, and most people readily admit to not really thinking twice about hitting the print option,” the Telegraph quoted Paul Parrish, the managing director of Fujitsu Siemens Computers IT Product Services, as saying. (ANI)

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