What Office Documents Should Be Shredded

tips to help you practice secure shredding

Identity theft is a significant concern. Every business needs to protect its clients and employees. But, what do you do with all of the paper documents that you have stored in the filing cabinet?

Why shred documents

Protecting the privacy of clients and employees is one of the most important jobs you have when you run a business. Trust is everything, and with the rise of identity and data theft, you need to take extra steps to securely disposing of sensitive documents. A delightful side-effect of shredding all of your unnecessary physical materials is freeing up a ton of space in your office.

Shredding will free up space and ensure customer and employee confidentiality.

What to shred

When you run a business, you have a lot of information stored on your employees, customers, investors, etc. Most businesses will have all of these things stored electronically, protected by firewalls, passwords, anti-virus, and other cybersecurity measures. But if you did this “old school,” collecting and filing hard copies of sensitive information, you need to destroy all those files after you transferred and stored them electronically.

Any physical document that contains private and financial information on your employees and customers should be shredded after it is no longer needed.

  • Tax forms
  • Paychecks
  • Bank statements, including sales receipts and credit card information
  • Employee records that include personal and financial information
  • Personal information and anything that provides a name, address, phone number, and email


Proper destruction of sensitive documents is a good first step. The next step is to ensure that your online data is appropriately protected and secured with all the necessary cybersecurity measures.

Office document recycling

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