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77% of Brits print personal documents at work

Over three-quarters of Brits regularly print personal documentation on workplace printers, according to new research conducted by tech retailer Ebuyer.

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A significant number of office-based staff are printing personal documents at work

With an average of 13 pages printed per person, per month, and over 12 million office-based workers, it is estimated that over 1.5 billion personal documents are being printed by staff at work each year.

Almost one in five Brits said they use work printers to print personal documents, while 13% said they print these documents multiple times a week. Just 6% of those surveyed said they print personal documents at work less than once a year.

With only 16% of workers saying that their company charges staff to print personal documents, it is unsurprising that so many people are utilising office printers. Two thirds of people said their office does not have a personal printing policy, and 20% of people are unsure if their company has such a policy in place.

More and more of us are forgetting to have a good work/life balance by not keeping our work and home life separate

Lee Weymouth, commercial director at Ebuyer, comments: “More and more of us are forgetting to have a good work/life balance by not keeping our work and home life separate, which could be why so many people are printing their personal documents at work.

“However, this volume of printing will be creating a lot of incurred costs for businesses, big and small, with each piece of printing adding up.

“Where you can, email or scan documents to save paper, or use a friend or family member’s printer at the weekend or after work. This might also lighten your workload as you’ll only be focusing on work during your office hours.”

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