How "e" is the place you work?
2 years since the height of the "e" craze, how "e" is the place you work for? how paperless? how much is the level of integration between all functions? how integrated are the flow of information ? etc etc.
My place accepts resignations via e-mail :)
My workplace is very traditional and anti-e. People here print everything. Everything needs to be on paper or else it does not exist.
eZ like Sunday morning!
Pretty good - although without the jargon fortunately.
A cynic writes
After the mid-90s, most companies (or their lawyers), ensured we will never be paperless. The past few companies I have consulted with, have an enforced "email will be deleted after x days" policy. The thought, I was told, is this will avoid any embarrassing emails from showing up five years from now.
The email will be deleted after x days policy is a mess when it comes to labour law. How do I prove I was told to do something by my boss. How can he prove he told me to do something?
There's 6 of us, and we all work from home 4 days a week.
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
I'll put it to you this way: Most of the managers here come from the Cobol Mainframe world - not too techie!!!!! (Most of the COBOL types here are clueless on Windows, Client Server & Web Architecture).
Everything is very "e" in my place. My departement is called eSolutions, people are eConsultants, etc.. the usual pre dotcom crash jargon is everywere. Even my company logo is a big "e".
We actually are implementing a project to scan all of our documents and we're then going to trash the paper copies of things we don't need. The only things that stay on paper are contracts and documents required by the government.
e is short for printEveryting
Actually, I print out loads of stuff, but make a point of throwing it away afterwards, even if I will have to print it out again in a couple of days.
> for long term storage and retrieval the personal computer is way ahead of anything else. <
... And who can forget the Rosetta Hard Drive, and all the ancient Egyptian Laptops we were able to decode with it. Who would have thought that Tutenkamen invented Linux.
Stephen, I agree with you about the difficulties presented by boxes of files. During college I had a temporary job for a few weeks which involved wading through hundreds of boxes for a large company searching for documents related to a particular product. It took eight people four weeks, we didn't get all of it, and we probably paid the document storage company a few hundred dollars for transportation and unscheduled deliveries/pickups. And this was a common thing to do at this company - yikes!
We recently build a giant, suspended metal-grate faux floor over 1/3 of our warehouse so that we would have more room to store all our boxes and boxes and boxes of paperwork...I'm pretty sure we will NEVER be paperless unless there's a fire.
We're totally e... no paper shuffling around at all.
It's very 'e'. Very, very 'e'. Friendly to the 420, too.
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Our company's workstations do not support this button. All our output must judiciously avoid words that contain this glyph. I must say that this is a most infuriating constraint.
I work for a 500 people organization that is trying to be paperless but we are trapped in paperness. All data collected in the field is in paper and then transferred to databases, but the originals are archived. I can apply for leave filling a form in the intranet, but I need to print it to get some signatures. My salary is deposited in my bank account, but I get a letter saying that it went in. You get the idea: electronic duplication.
Unfortunately, there's a lot of needless paperwork where I work. Everything needs a form. Paper, signatures... jeez.
I have a lot of e-tards that I work with :)
Though I really don't like working in Services Company, I must admit that my company is pretty 'e'.
Sounds like Wells Fargo.
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