Whatever Happened To The Paperless Office?
I started writing this as a poll, asking if anyone does work in a paperless office, but I realized the answer was rather obviously no.
In the 1980’s as computers shrank in size and began to take over our lives, many business companies rendered their office typing pools redundant and heralded the age of the paperless office. As everything would be electronic, writing paper, pens, pencils, binders, staples, envelopes, memos, etc. would all become utterly obsolete.
Though businesses are heavily dependent on computers, and hire whole departments of Information Technology (IT) specialists, the use of paper in letters, memos, print outs, etc., has grown. There are of course many people still without computers or the skills required to use one too.
The paperless office was a dream, a promise of hope to the environment, trees and landfill sites – then we woke up drowning in a sea of printer / photocopy paper.
Image Credit » My computer, taken by me