Top 10 Record Management Mistakes to Avoid
Your office’s records represent a significant investment in time and resources. These records can be a key tool in protecting your organization’s liability in a variety of functional areas and provide an essential audit trail. Here are the top 10 record management mistakes that can help you avoid the pitfalls of managing your business records.
Here are 10 mistakes to avoid
Keeping Records Management In House.Of course this is where all businesses start, but the need to move past this phase is critical. In house storage is the most expensive and least secure option for inactive physical files, electronic messages, and information captured by your various databases.
Procrastinating The Off-Site Facility MovePutting off the decision to protect vital records and establish business guidelines threatens business continuity after a disruption or disaster. Don’t wait for a disaster to force you to take action.
Not Putting Together A Consistent Retention ScheduleShould that file stay or should it go now? Your retention schedule must be based on legal and regulatory requirements. Your program should have formal procedures that are consistent across all departments. Click here for some Business Records Retention Guidelines.
Not Properly Organizing And Indexing FilesThe old adage that failing to plan is planning to fail applies here. Record Storage is about finding information when you need it, not just getting it off the premises.
Choosing A Self-Storage Unit For Off-Site StorageA storage unit with a pad lock is a weak defense. A state-of-the-art alarm system with motion and sound detectors is the industry standard. You also want a Record Storage center with protection from insects, rodents, fire and other threats to your records.
Not Shredding Documents On A Regular BasisCriminals are regularly “dumpster diving” to see what they can find. But they are not the only ones to fear. Your competitors, private investigators and the news media may want to know what is in your trash.
Not Hiring A Record Storage Center That Meets Industry StandardsHow do you make sure you are dealing with a storage management vendor that follows industry standards? Ask for their industry affiliations. Corodata, for example, is a member of the Professional Records & Information Services Management (PRISM), the American Records Management Association (ARMA), the National Records Center (NRC) and the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), ASIS International.
Not Putting Digital Media In An Off-Site LocationNot just any storage will do for electronic media. Special consideration should be given to safety and security, as well as the climate within the location.
Not Providing Quality Control Checks To Ensure The Viability Of DataLong-term protection often requires rotation of information stored on electronic media. Ideally, offsite electronic media storage with regular rotation is part of a complete program of data back up. Often it is the 4th or 5th form of redundancy for companies and is also a necessary part of an intergrated emergency response plan.
Not Keeping Up With Current Laws And RegulationsLegislators, regulators, and the courts are clearly serious about enforcement of privacy laws. With identity theft on the rise you can expect more compliance issues. A Record Storage center with national affiliations can help you stay on top of proper retention and disposal of records.
Did you Know ?At least eight types of people are known to go through business trash:
- Private investigators
- Competitors (and people hired by them)
- Law enforcement
- News media
- Trash hauling companies
- Your disgruntled employee