Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Why do we need records?

A hypothetical to ponder: A foreign car manufacturer who creates products that are loved the world over, uncovers that one of its vehicles may have a defect that causes a braking fault. That hypothetical company does not go public with the defect issue as it will cost great money to fix, saying nothing of the bad PR to the otherwise revered company. Sometime later after receiving many complaints and experiencing several disastrous accidents that may be been caused by the alleged defect, the United Stated government commences an investigation. When that investigation happens do you think it will rely on people telling the whole story or records to really piece together what happened and when. Employees get fired, forget, selectively forget, lie, retire, move on and get new jobs. At the center of the alleged problem will be records that will either protect the company or demonstrate there was a problem. So why exactly do we need records anyway? Remember you can’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Are You Kidding me.