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Selective Shredding Vs All-Shred Policies

What’s Right for Your Business?


No matter what business you’re in, document shredding is a key component to protecting the confidential data of your company, your clients, your vendors, and your employees. Every organization should have a shredding policy in place—but not all businesses take the same approach. For some companies, an all-shred policy is appropriate while others take a selective shredding approach. There are pros and cons of each method, which one will work best for your business?

Take a look:

What is Selective Shredding?

Companies that choose selective shredding set a policy and guidelines of which documents should be shredded and which ones can be thrown away or recycled. Management determines the guidelines and staff members are trained to ensure that the documents with confidential information are properly disposed of.  The benefit of selective shredding is that it can be more economical if you are paying for a shredding service that charges by the pound. However, the selective shredding method also places a lot of trust in staff members following the protocols properly, which can leave room for error.

Pros: Can be less expensive

Cons: Placing trust in staff to follow guidelines properly, time-consuming to monitor and manage documents, higher possibility of errors and breaches

What is an All-Shred Policy?

An all-shred policy is simple—it means that every document is shredded once it reaches its expiration. This method of document destruction eliminates the need for employees to determine when a document should be shredded and reduces the risk of breach. It’s an effective way for companies to streamline their data security and ensure that all confidential information is protected against loss.

Pros: Simple to implement, reduces the risk of a breach, eliminates the need for staff to make destruction decisions

Cons: Can be slightly more expensive—however most companies using shred-all policies find it is more cost-effective in the long run

Deciding which policy is best for your company depends on several factors including how many documents you generate and what kind of information you are storing and keeping. If you’re a small business and you are able to manage the process of selecting the documents that need to be shredded easily and without risk of a breach, selective shredding may be appropriate. On the other hand, companies that have implemented all-shred policies often find they are less at risk of losses due to human error or fraud as well as gaining higher confidence that they are in compliance with state and federal regulations.

All Points Mobile Shredding can assist you with shredding your company documents—either with an all-shred policy or selective shredding. We are happy to create a shred schedule that works best for you and your company’s needs and because we perform the destruction onsite, you’re able to witness the entire process. Give us a call today to fill out this form to find out more.

Dawn Connelly

Dawn is the vice president of All Points Mobile Shredding. All Points Mobile Shredding is a family-owned and operated on-site document destruction company that has been serving the Treasure Coast, Palm Beaches, and surrounding areas since 1994.

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