April 09, 2019
Spring is in the air and with warmer temperatures approaching, individuals will be cleaning out their closets and garages to get ready for the summer months. With this mentality, why not take advantage of this time of year and spring clean your office with a new and improved clean desk policy?
This week, Shred-it’s Ann Nickolas, SVP of Sales, is sharing her own tips that her keep office neat and tidy throughout the year that will hopefully offer you some inspiration as you go about your spring cleaning routine.
What are a few of your spring cleaning rituals at the office?
I personally love this time of year. It’s a good time to re set and organize your office. Over the years, I have picked up a few tips and tricks that help me stay organized. First, I go through the hard copy files in my locked desk drawers, and shred all the documents that I no longer need. So many files are stored away in drawers that end up collecting dust.
Secondly, as a team leader, I always make sure that my team has the most up to date education on information security protocols and data breach prevention tips. With Millenials joining the workforce, it's interesting to note that our 2018 Security Tracker Survey found that this age group was the most at risk of being a victim to identity theft. Updating staff training is important so that everyone is aware of the risks.
Finally, I never leave the office without cleaning my desk. An easy way to make this a regular routine is to implement an office Clean Desk Policy that rewards employees for cleaning their desk regularly.
What is a Clean Desk Policy and how can others implement one?
A Clean Desk Policy is as simple as it sounds. It is a policy that requires all employees to clean their desk before they leave work at the end of the day. Here are a few easy steps to help you implement this at your office.
For those who work remotely, how can they prioritize information security?
With the rise of the remote workforce, organizations need to increase training and education that targets these workers. Remote workers need to be aware of wandering eyes in coffee shops and communal workspaces. They should be encouraged to change electronic device passwords regularly and to not leave these devices unattended. Individuals who travel for work need to be reminded to shred boarding passes and files that are no longer needed.