Benefits of Going Green
When it comes to managing your paperwork, turning to a digital version can make a difference. With numerous benefits to efficiencies and record-keeping, making the move to paperless can provide plenty of upsides.
- Minimize Mess
While it's important to maintain accurate records, keeping hard copies can be a burden. To save space in your office and free up filing cabinets for things that really need to be on paper - like bound books. Keep statements on discs, drives or in your cloud instead.
- Save Resources
With digital delivery, you can save PDFs instead of printing on paper, saving you paper on an annual basis. The average U.S. worker goes through 10,000 sheets of paper a year. The less you print, the more you can save.
- Prevent Loss
When a piece of paper is lost or damaged, there may be no way to get it back. In fact, 3% of paper documents end up misfiled, while 7% are eventually lost completely. Furthermore, natural disasters can make it nearly impossible to transport and save all paper documentation. Switching to an electronic alternative can mitigate these risks, providing a better way for you to access, store, and secure your files.
Tips for Going Paperless
Switching from paper delivery to paper-free is certainly a valuable investment, but only if you approach the issue wisely. Here's how to make sure your transition goes smoothly.
- Implement Clear Management Systems
Implement a procedure that involves a network of folders, naming conventions, and drives to keep your files organized, and make sure everyone in the office understands what is expected.
- Make Numerous Backups
To protect your information, make backups of your data frequently. Backup solutions vary from third-party providers to self-hosted clouds. Talk to your information technology resources to determine the best option for you and your business as you move forward.
- Keep Employees Involved
A paperless policy only works if everyone is following the rules. Schedule regular training sessions and catch-ups to keep all your team members, including new hires, on the right track. If you see issues, address them right away.
At Selective, we've adopted paperless techniques to the benefit of our operations and our policyholders' convenience. Selective offers key services to help you “go paperless”:
- Digital policies: We offer the majority of our commercial and personal policies in digital formats (except flood, excess and surplus lines coverages, and bonds policies). This allows instant access to coverage details at your convenience. You can sign up within the mobile app (available on Apple® and Android™ smartphones) or by clicking the login button on Selective.com and signing into to the Customer Self-Service portal.
- Paperless billing: For our customers enrolled in SelectPay, we now offer an option to pay bills electronically. Free yourself from unneeded waste and clutter. All you have to do is click the login button on Selective.com, sign into to the Customer Self-Service portal, and go paperless.
- Mobile app: Selective's services are now available on the go for Apple® and Android™ smartphone and tablet computer users. You can file claims via photo upload, have your claim location automatically pre-filled, check on progress of outstanding claims, review policy information, make payments, connect to your agent, and receive repair recommendations!