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How Will the New GDPR Regulations Impact Upon Your HR Department?

Image displaying a section of an industrial shelving unit that has a shelf full of HR office box files which makes complying to GDPR difficult when working with paper files. Pearl Scan's HR document scanning services in London can digitise your paper files to digital, which will enable an efficient process with complying to GDPR.

The month of May will soon be upon us and that is the time when the new GDPR (EU General Data Protection Regulation) will come into force. All businesses, no matter their size, will have to comply if they deal with employee personal data so, understandably, many of them are already worried about how it will impact upon their HR function.

HR responsibilities will increase

Whether companies have a fully-fledged HR Department or just one person dealing with that side of things, their obligations are going to be increased. As far as staff personal data is concerned, they will now have a right to access it or ask for it to be amended or deleted. HR departments will also need to overhaul their processes and systems as they will need to make staff aware of how long their data will be stored for and whether or not it will be shared with any other third party. At the same time, HR service providers that deal with employee data on behalf of employers will also need to pull their socks up if GDPR is not to catch them out.

At the moment, HR Departments can hold reams of data, relevant to current and former employees, as well as those looking for employment. If this is stored on paper or on computers that are openly accessed by others, this will no longer be compliant, particularly if medical or trade union records are included.

HR departments needs to 'up the ante'

GDPR will take no prisoners and those that fall foul of the rules will suffer, being hit with severe penalties and fines. The only way that this can be avoided is by HR Departments doing the following:

  • Obtaining employee consent
  • Being fully accountable
  • Respecting employee rights

The main thing is that all HR functions will need to be taken care of with total security and privacy of personal data being considered. Whether information is stored on paper, on a computer database or within a specialise CRM system, all of the following are essential functions that will need to be attended to:

  • Secure retention of data
  • Easily accessible targeted information
  • Displaying full transparency and accountability
  • Using data for only the purpose for which permission was given

HR departments need to be proactive

The image is displaying a check list on clipboard. HR departments throughout London and across the UK need to proactive to keep up with GDPR.

So in addition to all of the above, as a UK business that deals with confidential employee data, what else should you do to get your HR Department in good running order as far as GDPR is concerned? Depending upon how many staff you have, you may wish to consider appointing a ‘GDPR Manager’ who will be fully responsible for taking care of all things related to the new regulation. It goes without saying that they will need to understand the new regulations inside-out and that ensuring your company complies will be on their head. Failure to do so will damage your reputation as well as your bank balance so the person assuming this role will need to be dedicated, detailed in their approach and proactive. Whilst this may result in you paying an additional wage, when compared to the fines that could be levied against you for breaking the rules, it is an expense worth having.

GDPR fines will fall into two categories:

  1. Up to 10 million Euros or 2% of the company’s global annual turnover of the previous financial year.
  2. Up to 20 million Euros or 4% of the company’s global annual turnover of the previous financial year.

How can document scanning help ensure GDPR compliance?

The Pearl Scan's document scanning service offers the perfect solution for security and manipulation of paper files. By scanning them in, we make it possible for companies to be sure that they are not breaking any rules. All personal data currently on paper should be converted to digital thus ensuring compliance, avoiding fines and providing a good ROI. Outsourcing this task will save a great deal of time and money as speed and efficiency will be ensured and your staff will not have to be removed from other tasks. For this reason, many companies are relying on Pearl Scan to assist them.

How does document scanning help with GDPR compliance?

Scanned documents can help your business to guarantee GDPR compliance due to the following:

  • Data retention – Data retention is taken care of much more easily, particularly if software is used to set rules and processes. Once guidelines are in place, the software will do the rest. Even if a breach occurs you can show that you did all possible to comply and may avoid huge fines.
  • Security and privacy – Why take the risk of leaving sensitive data on paper files? Easier to copy, steal, lose or destroy, it is only when digitised that they can be password protected when stored. You can even add digitally encryption for a belt-and-braces approach.
  • Image is displaying a monitor with has document management software open similar to our Halogen software that is free for our clients throughout London and the UK.
  • Data Search and retrieval – Compare the time taken to access important data in a paper file and then compare it to a computer based data search and you will see why having digitised files is essential. GDPR Article 17 makes it clear that: “The data subject shall have the right to obtain from the controller the erasure of personal data concerning him or her without undue delay and the controller shall have the obligation to erase personal data without undue delay.” Fulfilling this task manually with paper files will be a nightmare, wasting time and money. With digital files it takes just seconds. When employees ask for their right of access, right to rectification and right to restriction of processing, digital is king.
  • Cost – This is an easy one as the cost taken to process paper files compared to digital is much higher due to time taken and staff deployed on specific tasks. With digital also enabling you to better avoid fines, it makes so much sense to go down this rout

Trust Pearl Scan to take care of your document scanning

When looking for a professional and reputable company to turn your paper files into digital versions, enabling you to comply far easier with GDPR, Pearl Scan are experts. For over 15 years we have been working with organisations across every sector to scan their paper. Even the most sensitive of data is converted to digital in our capable hands.

Trusted by so many businesses, make us your chosen partner to help you to work towards and maintain full GDPR compliance. Get in touch with us today to find out more about our Document Scanning Service.

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Why HR document scanning is necessary for a competitive workplace

Why HR document scanning is necessary for a competitive workplace

An article that was posted in HR Magazine last September made a very bold statement in the world of human resources - ‘It’s time HR got smart about smart technology’. While this article was urging HR professionals to utilise smartphone technology, apps specifically, in order to operate in the working world that is increasingly becoming more mobile and flexible, we agree that HR professionals should also be embracing another technology in order to implement change. This technology is document scanning. When using digitisation techniques, HR document management is revolutionised in a way that can give any business a competitive edge.

How does HR files scanning work?

When using our HR document management and scanning service we collect all of your files directly from your office. Our document scanning service is available in London, and we can gather documents from the north, south, east and west areas of the capital. From here, they are stored in our secure facility, then systematically digitised in our dedicated scanning bureau. We use the latest technology and machinery in the scanning industry and are capable of processing traditional documents as well as forms, surveys, photographs, books, records and more. Once digitised, we run them through OCR software to convert them into fully text searchable documents. We then present them to you in your chosen digital format, including PDF, JPEG and TIFF.  All of our customers are also given free access to our cloud storage platform, Halogen Cloud. This document management software was designed with HR departments in mind, enabling you to quickly access important files whenever they are needed.

What are the benefits?

When working in HR, whether you are responsible for recruitment, training, internal communications or payroll, your role relies on you having access to lots of information on a daily basis. And often when completing your tasks, you will also generate a lot more paper work that also needs to be filed and considered for later use.

Employee file scanning, invoice scanning, record scanning, feedback form scanning and more can help to create a digital HR document management system that can save time, remove margin for error and reduce cost. What’s more, with huge amounts of data stored in a digital, OCR searchable and indexed format, new insights can be found from the improved analysis that this instant access enables.

In addition, businesses looking to utilise smartphone technology, as suggested by HR Magazine, can do so with a digital document management system. No matter where an employee is based, files can be sent and viewed in an instant.

Tasks can be completed much faster with the documents required available at the click of a mouse boosting productivity, efficiency and eventually, profits. With these benefits, HR document scanning gives your company a competitive edge.   

At Pearl Scan we offer our document scanning in London for a wide range of organisations, working closely with many HR departments to help them dramatically improve their processes. 

Do you want to utilise the benefits of document scanning for your HR department? Learn more on our website. 

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HR, Accounting and Legal Departments Still Printing Too Much

Paperless Office

HR, Accounting and Legal Departments Still Printing Too Much

A new study conducted by Wakefield Research and Infotrends has revealed the extent of the printing crisis in small to medium-sized businesses. Printing and other paper-based activities are still flourishing in the corporate office, despite new eco technologies, and the main offenders are those in HR departments, legal offices and accounting firms.

The studies show just how dependent businesses are on paper for daily routines – with 73% of owners and decision makers at companies with less than 500 employees print at least four times a day. Paper is still a major part of the workflow in many sectors, including legal and HR.

The Research Vice President of Gartner, Ken Weilerstein, says that companies have tried to go paperless but failed to eliminate it altogether. Today, he says employees print an average of 400 pages per month – that’s A LOT of paper. He says many companies have figured out the easiest ways to “go paperless” by scanning and storing documents online, but it wasn’t possible to eradicate all in-house printing and scanning completely.

The Key to the Paperless Office

The trouble with implementing a paperless office isn’t the in-house documents. Once all records are scanned and in an electronic management system, employees can convert to the paperless process quite easily. Being completely paperless becomes an issue when dealing with other businesses and sometimes clients, who still have a reliance on paper.

They may ask you to post a hard copy of a contract to sign, rather than use a digital signature. Some companies may want to fax or post you a shared document instead of email it across. Others may not accept a digital invoice...the list goes on. The secret of successfully implementing a paper office is cooperation. One company has to be brave and take the first step, start the tidal wave in the corporate world. Everything is being transferred to digital, it’s just a matter of time before those businesses which resist the movement have to conform.

So why not be ahead of the times and be the first company in your area to make the move to a paperless office? It’s something you could brag about in the future as a cutting edge forward thinking business.

Pearl Scan specialises in HR document scanning and legal scanning services. Join a number of businesses who have ignited the digital revolution and benefited from exceptional document management.

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