Significant reduction of paper usage or the total elimination of all printed documents can be the ultimate goals of companies using business process automation and other electronic services. Along with the decrease in wasted physical resources and the costs associated with using paper, businesses should consider the wide variety of industry-specific benefits available, as well as efficiency enhancers that may apply on an individual, team or department level. Getting the most out of paperless operations can be more easily accomplished by working with a solutions provider that is receptive to unique needs and desires. Consulting firm LarsonAllen LLP pointed out the specific benefits provided to a wide variety of businesses, from accountants to regulatory compliance. Accounting firms, for example, can use electronic systems to more easily send and share documentation that includes supporting components without fear that the items will separate or become lost. Matching purchase requests with payment checks and receipts is simpler by using an electronic format instead of tying to locate pieces of paper and making copies. Instead of employees spending time tracking down and duplicating individual records, they can spend time on higher-level functions that require critical thinking and the application of learned skills. The storage of important records like employee timesheets and pay stubs is another way that electronic document storage can benefit businesses. Instead of maintaining physical copies of these items – required to be kept for all hourly wage earners in a company’s employ by the U.S. Department of Labor, under the Fair Labor Standards Act – that are prone to being damaged or misplaced, regulatory compliance can be enhanced with more stable and secure paperless storage. Organizations can also develop simple electronic forms to record new pay and hours-worked data as it becomes available.