My father taught me at an early age to write down everything: the good, bad and ugly. As I watched James Comey testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I realized the former FBI director was teaching us the importance of documentation on the job. Good notes can never hurt. These are tips I share with everyone I mentor:
- Keep notes when a manager pulls you in the office for “a talk”. Take notes during the meeting or immediately afterwards. Write down what you talked about, who was present, date and time.
- Good documentation should include a follow-up email to the manager “Review what we talked about today.” Always follow up with an email.
- Keep detailed notes on any observation you make at work especially if does not seem right or a coworker is the target: Date, time, witnesses etc.
- Documentation will come in handy for your annual evaluation. Some managers tend to forget the good but over emphasize the bad.
The rest of the tips at LinkedIn: Take Away