Starting (or growing) an information governance program can sometimes be difficult. Below, we have laid out 3 simple ways to move things forward.
1. Increase Adoption
This can mean different things to different things to different organizations. For a company that has begun to implement an IG program, the goal here could be to grow it to more business units. If you are simply in the planning stages, then the goal should be to increase the adoption of the value of information governance and why it is necessary (We wrote an article about engaging stakeholders here).
Don't worry if your IG program is not fully adopted. An AIIM survey indicates that only 15% of organizations have established mature policies. The good news is that most user want to do the right thing when it comes to IG: access the most relevant document or not put the company at risk for a compliance violation. The key to increasing adoption is to automate as much of this process as possible and not interrrupt their daily workflow.
Because traditional approaches rely on heavy user involvement, AIIM estimates that only 21% of users within the organizations surveyed fully complied with the policies.
2. Get Certified
Our most popular blog post of 2016 was around the Certified Records Manager (CRM) certification and some of the reasons why it is so valuable.
The Certified Records Manager (CRM) certification is the primary certification of the Records and Information Management (RIM) profession. It is designed for experienced professionals with management-level responsibilities.
The value of the CRM certification to Records and Information Management (RIM) professionals is that it provides enhanced professionalism and personal growth as well as documented recognition of their skills. It is a step forward from a career perspective but also sends a message to your organization that RIM and IG are a key need and education across the board is a way to achieve results.
3. Create (or review) Your File Plan
If you’ve ever had a new house built, you know there are an incredible amount of moving parts and the schedules involved are what keep the project on track.
Things like the foundation must be laid first of course, followed by the framework of the building. The retention schedule is really the “bones” of this house we’re building and getting it right is critical to all of the steps that come after it. What good is a beautiful tile floor if the foundation underneath it is cracking?