Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tales From the “Not So Swift” Employee Archive

An employee is on his way to the mailroom. Correction, an employee is on his way to the lunchroom. Correction, an employee is on his way to his cubicle to do some more on-line shopping during lunch as he texts his friend about the hottie sitting next to him in his “borrowed” office cubicle (as he normally works at home). Not surprising he is using his company-provided phone. By the way, his company doesn’t have a mailroom anymore as there is no need and people don’t eat during lunch they shop on-line or troll the internet for a weird You Tube video. Anyway, As our youthful employee gropes the texting keys he runs right into a Stuart, the Big Boss- who falls to the ground, fracturing his ego. Thank goodness the new law against texting while driving doesn’t apply in the halls of the work place. After putting together his phone and helping Stu to his feet he sends a text to a vendor stating “got the revised proposal. It looks good. We would like to move forward asap”. You make the call-- Do you think the company needs A) a doofis policy; B) a records policy applied to every communication device known to mankind or c) a social networking policy? At least B & C and maybe all of the above.
R U Kidding Me.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Come on, look me in the eye.

I am looking for one brave soul who can look me in the eye and tell me that the employees at his/her company are actually doing records retention properly. Correction: I am looking for one brave soul who can look me in the eye and tell me that the employees at his/her company are actually doing records retention. Correction: I am looking for one brave soul who can look me in the eye and tell me that SOME of the employees at his/her company are actually doing records retention. Correction: I am looking for one brave soul who can look me in the eye and tell me that SOME of the employees at his/her company are actually doing records retention ONCE IN A WHILE.
Correction: I am looking for one dreamer who thinks that employees can get records management right. After all, “you can fly if you believe wendy”

Thursday, January 14, 2010

It's in there. In the records, that is.

Did you ever hear the old adage-that history repeats itself. According to the Jan 7 Wall Street journal, just recently again another Chinese dairy allegedly tainted its alleged substandard milk with melamine allegedly. Melamine apparently thickens milk (and allegedly kills some people too). It’s great for building products but not great to make substandard milk more healthy. Anyway, it was disclosed that while the Chinese investigated the events for 11 months, they just this week made it all public. We know all this because records tell us so. Remember the last Chinese debacle over melamine tainted milk from 2008. BTW, anyone want to buy some Chinese drywall really cheap? Are You Kidding Me.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Information Determines Our Fate

We live in an information nation. In deed it's almost an information world. And increasingly that information can be used to determine our fate. One case in point is the recent “Christmas Day Bomber” scare. The young man’s dad tells the CIA about the violent proclivities of his son on more than one occasion and worries that he may do something stupid like blow something up including himself. The young man is from a target country that we are concerned about. He has trained and learned radical Islam making him a good candidate to be concerned about. The young man buys a one way ticket. Big Red Flag. He pays cash. Another red flag. The problem was the young man didn’t even make it on the “no fly” list but he did make it on a lower level list. The USA Today story about the failure called it “one database failure after another”. Brilliant.

Are You Kidding Me.