Records Retention and Destruction for
Every tribal organization has records, but few have an explicit records retention and destruction policy. Too often organizations take a haphazard approach to records retention and destruction that typically results in file cabinets and desks bursting with records that no one knows what to do with. For many, the instinct when dealing with records is to keep everything for fear of destroying something that should have been saved. In truth, keeping documents for longer than necessary can actually increase risk to the organization rather than minimize it. Without a policy that addresses every record your organization produces, it could be putting itself at legal risk and unnecessarily spending money to store redundant or duplicate records.
The basis for a records retention program is a formal records retention policy that includes detailed procedures that provide all organization employees with instructions on how to organize, handle, store and discard records. This class will help you accomplish a records retention audit and construct a policy that is specific to your organization’s records, needs and resources. Take the first step in solving your organization’s record problems—register today!
*You may also be interested in Records Retention and Destructionís companion class, Electronic Records Management.
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