book review – Taming the Paper Tiger at Work

Barbara Hemphill created a filing system called The Paper Tiger, which she refers to in this book. Although I find the system extremely cumbersome, it has its share of enthusiast users. Despite my resistance to her pre-packaged system, I wanted to give her writing a quick scan. Instead, I found myself reading the entire book.

Hemphill offers good, solid advice about handling paper at work. I didn’t learn anything revolutionary; however, I found the book an easy read and would recommend it to someone who struggles with setting up and maintaining a filing system.

The most useful information is near the end of the book, where she gives “6 Tips for Organizing the Organization,” including having one person in charge of information management and establishing retention guidelines.

The book I read was from 1998 and referred to floppy disks and other outdated technology. If you are going to read the book, make sure you get the 2005 edition.

How do you manage paperwork at your workplace?

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