I used to lose my Chapstick and loose change all the time. I’d go maybe a week and it would disappear in the car (or worse be left in a pair of pants and go through the wash). Finally, I decided one day to just keep it in the ashtray of my car along with any loose change that came along, and lo and behold, I haven’t lost a Chapstick in a year.
What could this possibly have to do with HR? Well, what processes to do you have in place that keep you from being organized in the workplace? Is there a central area or way of doing things that can prevent you from losing important data time and time again?
It’s always important to have backups in places you will never lose them. I am a big believer in backing up in triplicate. Much like Chapstick, the USB drive has a way of walking away from me if I don’t keep it secured to something like my keys. I have found a much safer way of backing up is always emailing myself a copy of the file I have been working on, and also storing it on my FTP server and computer, so I have three copies.
Sure enough, this past semester, a few of my students fell victim to the lost USB drive, and had no backup anywhere else.
So if you don’t keep your Chapstick or USB drive in your ashtray, look for other ways to store your information that are safer and will result in less data loss.