When it comes to choosing a document shredding company, who do you pick? Do you go with the largest company? The highest reviews online? First one to call you back? It’s shredding, does it really matter? Of course it does! Believe us when we say the company you choose does matter—a lot.
Don’t Just Pick Any Shredding Company
If you’re getting documents shredded professionally, it means you want to ensure those documents and their information don’t land in the hands of someone who could put you or your company at risk. (Hello, identity theft and data breaches!) So why would you hire just any document shredding company?
When choosing a document shredding company, here are five questions you should ask to ensure they meet the highest standards and best practices in the shredding industry.
What’s the security like from start to finish?
From the moment you hand over your documents, you want to know they’re in good, safe, trustworthy hands. How do they get to the shredding company? What happens once they get there? How long until the documents are shredded and disposed of? Don’t assume everything gets taken care of according to best practices. Get the specifics and ask the company about their data security compliance. Are they adhering to the most current data encryption standards? Most importantly, make sure they provide a Certificate of Destruction for shredded documents.
Who do you hire?
Does the company actually care about who they hire? Do they vet employees by conducting background checks and ensure all employees are properly trained in handling confidential documents? You can’t have secure information without trusted employees to make sure that information stays secure!
Do you recycle?
Recycling—it’s just the right thing to do. The best document shredding companies will make sure paper is properly recycled. There’s enough trash in this world; why add to it if you don’t have to? Make the best decision for the environment and for your business by choosing a company that recycles.
Are you local?
Yes, you can pick the large regional or national companies, but don’t count out your local shredding companies that are more likely to offer the personalized service you’re looking for. If you’re going to hand off your important documents for safekeeping and shredding, wouldn’t you rather know who’s taking control? Local companies are often more flexible and they will answer the phone when you call. Plus, you’re doing your part by supporting local businesses!
Are you NAID certified?
The National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) holds shredding companies accountable to the highest standards in the industry. Ratings are based on a company’s compliance, hiring practices, security practices, and more. Make sure the company you choose sticks to these standards.
Asking these questions will help ensure you’re getting the quality, reliable, secure service you need to protect your business’ information. If you’re considering Sun City Shredding, we’re ready to answer these questions and any others you may have to help you make the best choice for your shredding needs. Give us a call today!