Electronic solutions a greener option

Online statements, self-service and e-filing provide greater accuracy and strategic time for HR
By Janice MacLellan
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/20/2009

Innovations in technology have brought the business world many new electronic business tools, but there’s still a long way to go to becoming a paperless society: Paper accounts for one-third of all waste, according to Environment Canada. As any office worker knows, workplaces are the chief perpetrators of paper consumption. And HR is no exception.

As corporate social responsibility plays an increasingly greater role in companies’ strategic business plans, many organizations are looking for ways to improve their environmental record, and reducing paper consumption plays an essential role. Adopting electronic HR practices and processes isn’t likely to eliminate paper entirely but is a viable option for significantly reducing paper use while offering business advantages as well.

There are several options to make HR greener by reducing paper consumption: