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Survey reveals British workers keep work records longer and can find them, but US counterparts take days to get the job done

Bagshot, UK - ZyLAB, an innovative developer of Information Access Solutions, today announced the findings of a survey focusing on attitudes towards records management in the UK and the USA.
The surprise results taken at the recent AIIM European Conference and Expo show in London and the ARMA International Conference and Expo in Chicago reveal that Brits in the workplace take 10 minutes to seek out information, while counterparts in the USA take a day or even more.
While offices in the UK consider that everything from the office photocopying to SMS messages on company mobiles are records which should be kept forever, corporates in the USA retain information for just three years, highlighting the significant gulf between the speed and efficiency with which workers on both sides of the Atlantic are able to retrieve information to get the job done.
Brit bosses are less reliant on traditional methods of information gathering such as the use of administrative assistants to manually search for their documents with just 15 per cent employing staff – against 44 per cent in the USA.
When asked ‘how do you store records’, Brits showed willingness to embrace sophisticated information management technology with over half of all respondents - 57% per cent - exclusively using software.
Amazingly, the response from 20 per cent of US respondents was that whatever they were looking for was ‘in the grey box in the corner’.
Dr Johannes Scholtes, President of ZyLAB said: “It is encouraging that UK organisations have clearly made great progress in organising and retrieving their records.“It is good to see that the majority of respondents are able to locate information within a few minutes and most have a clear idea of their records retention policy, but they should ensure they have complete transparency of audit trails for compliance.
“Significantly, with increasing flexibility in the working culture, and mobile communications British workers are leading their American counterparts and even leading developments by investing in cutting-edge information management with text messaging now playing an important role in transmitting work-related information.
“It’s becoming ever more important for organisations to implement the correct procedures regarding records and adhering to information management legislation to reflect the changing way we communicate at work, but there is still some way to go on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Respondents of the survey included representatives from Investment Companies, Law Firms, Defence and Central Government and the Metropolitan Police.
The survey was also conducted in the USA through a Webinar and with attendees at the ARMA International Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago.
The ZyLAB AIIM Survey Key FindingsThe UK survey was carried out by ZyLAB, in conjunction with Sharp, with attendees of the AIIM European Conference and Expo at Hammersmith, London from 25-26 October 2005.

To see the full results of the survey, please email Nick Zea-Smith or Kirsten Scott at eclat Marketing

About ZyLAB Founded in 1983, ZyLAB is the leading provider of document imaging and paper filing software that helps Global 2000 companies and governments digitally file and manage millions of pages of paper and electronic documents. ZyLAB's comprehensive investigative capabilities, with its high quality search and retrieval features supporting over 200 languages, gives users the ability to organise and easily share all information online. ZyLAB has a wide breadth of experience and knowledge across a variety of different industries and business applications. During its 21 year history ZyLAB has completed over 7,000 installations worldwide and has over 300,000 users including: GSK, BBC, BMW, Dell Computers, Balfour Beatty, Willmott Dixon, Metropolitan Police, SFO, Radisson Edwardian Hotels, Clinton Cards, Fraser Brown, BPE, Breeze & Wyles, Brachers, Digby Brown, Field Seymour Parkes, Banque Nationale de Paris. ZyLAB is headquartered in Amsterdam with offices in the U.K, the U.S
, Germany, Spain, France, Singapore and Australia to provide a global service to its client base. ZyLAB was recently named to KMWorld Magazine’s “Trend Setter” list for 2005. www.zylab.com

Press contacts:
Nick Zea-Smith or Kirsten Scott:
Tel: +44 (0)118 989 5600
E-mail: nick@eclat.co.uk
kirsten@eclat.co.uk

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