Lexmark: Employees Print 7,200 Pages A Year

2009-05-14 08:21:14

Published on 2009-05-14 08:21:14

A new survey has revealed the average worker in the US prints 7,200 pages a year - or around 30 pages a day.

The study by Lexmark and research company O'Keefe found around 35 per cent of pages these are discarded on the same day.

Of those surveyed, 92 per cent admitted to wasting ink cartridges as they do not need all of the documents they print every day.

Of the reasons given for printing documents, 57 per cent said they do so because they require signatures, while 54 per cent require them for meetings and 41 per cent prefer to edit hard copies.

It was also found unnecessary printing spans the generations, with employees of all ages printing and discarding a similar amount.

Meanwhile, Lexmark has previously claimed multi-function printers can be "essential in maximising productivity" for small and medium-sized businesses - but they may wish to keep an eye on how much their workers unnecessarily print off.

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