Quick Quiz :


(yes/no answers)


1.The Forever Stamp was developed for consumers to ease the transition during price changes


2.It is against the law to mail playing cards to Tunisia via the USPS


How did you do? Each answer should be 'yes'.


 

Simple Ways to Running a Green Office

 

Using ‘green’ practices in your business is, of course, good for the environment, however, It also has a positive effect on your bottom line. Conserving resources can save you money. Make it fun by implementing a team effort ...

Start off with 5 simple ways to implement green practices into your everyday operations whether you are at home or in the office:

  1. Perform regular maintenance on heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. When these systems are running at peak performance, they use less energy
  2. Implement recycling measures. Shredding all communications, not only helps the environment but privacy laws as well! From there you can step up to separating glass and aluminum cans
  3. Encourage communications by e-mail, and read your messages onscreen to determine whether it is necessary to print them.
  4. Ask your statement provider about recycled paper for statements/invoices
  5. Consider implementing paperless office solutions—network scanning and faxing via email.
These simple solutions can save time, money, paper and the need for a new filing cabinet!




The Top 10 List of Green Office Pet Peeves

1. Mindless printing resulting in creased waste (40%)
2. Leaving lights on (37%)
3. Lack of recycling bin (33%)
4. Excessive air conditioning in summer and heat in the winter (29%)
5. Excessive use of paper products (cups/plates/napkins) (27%)
6. Coworkers not recycling (27%)
7. Coworkers not printing double sided when they can (24%)
8. Too many cover sheets when faxing or printing (24%)
9. Having to store paper copies of existing elec-tronic files (24%)
10. Leaving computer on and not powering down when going home (23%)



Productive or Efficient?

In order to save costs, a staff member processes billing, prints out statements on a laser printer, folds, stuffs, and mails each statement. Mailing statements without address cleansing/validation could cost up to 20% more (vs outsourcing) Jams and other printer challenges could cost up to an additional 5% in spoilage It cost approx $50/hr for a staff member (@$30,000 salary) to manually prepare statements
Where do you stand? Are you productive or efficient?



To Do List:

Has it been more than a year since you looked at back office efficiencies? Now might be a good time to review to see what else can be done to improve productivity or lower costs … as your needs grow and evolve, so does your challenges to meet those goals. Reach out to your partners for management tools to help you excel and move your business forward by combining cost effective and easy to use solutions.


Compromised PHI…

It all sounds too familiar; another medical group has been burglarized with several computers stolen. If this were to happen to you, do you know under HIPAA you are required to inform your patients that their PHI information could possibly be comprised? Did you know The PLD Group can assist with printing and mailing personalized letters to your database within 24 hours? While we hope this never happens to you, we are here to help if it does!



The Quest to Efficacy

The goal is ‘efficacy’ one of my favorite words. Efficiency is doing something with the least amount of effort, time and resources available. Effectiveness means getting positive results; doing things which are worthwhile. Efficacy is the combination of the two.

You can be efficient without being effective-doing things that don’t matter; like rear-ranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. You can be effective without being efficient; like doing something worthwhile, but taking too much time or having it cost too much. What we all should strive for is effi-cacy.

When we achieve efficacy, our self-esteem increases; our endorphins are triggered and we feel exhilarated ...

 

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