Anyone that has ever spent an hour or more looking for a misfiled manila folder will readily understand the term File Jerk" It describes the lazy slob idiots that feel they don't have the time or are too good to return a file to the proper place. Instead they just stack them up on tops of the file cabinets or on the side of a nearby desk.
File jerks cost you time and money because at some point someone will be looking endlessly for the file or it will become major project to refile everything.
There are several underlying conditions that fuel file jerks:
- Poor time management skills.
- Failure to understand their individual value to the overall organizational goals.
- General sloppiness.
There is little that can be done about the third reason, but the first two are more easily handled. Time management skills can be improved through classes and some great books. One recommendation is "Time Warrior" by Steve Chandler a look at how to defeat procrastination, people-pleasing, self-doubt, over-commitment, broken promises and chaos.
Persistence is necessary in working with a file jerk. Let them look for the file you need the next time it is missing and perhaps a few times doing this will end up being the cure.
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