Corporate attorneys Judy Selby and James Sherer put together an interesting blog post examining why it’s so difficult for employees to part with old email, documents and other unneeded data. They liken the behavior to hoarding, offering some insight into the reasons behind it and how you can help your workers rationalize getting rid of detritus there’s no longer any reason to keep.

While Selby and Sherer’s intentions are good, their advice is probably more academic than it is practical.

The pair suggests first reasoning with workers. Ask employees to focus on the data that they’re currently saving and ask if they would retain any given record if it was on paper. Do they really need those 14 email messages outlining a friend’s lunch 6 months ago?”

You can read the rest on Fierce Content Management in an article entitled, Convincing Workers To Part With Unneeded Data