Protect Yourself…

OK, it’s time to get serious here.  I have been preaching documenting everything you do since my kids were old enough to get their first job.  Unfortunately, it has fallen on deaf ears.  So, if you work for a living, listen to these words…

There are many unscrupulous, evil, tyrants out there in the workforce and there just might come a day when you will have one as your boss.  There’s always one.  The first thing you need to do is purchase a bound journal, (one you can’t tear the pages out of) and each day, document what you have done during the day, what you were asked to do, any confusing orders or demands from supervisors, etc.  Use your lunch break if necessary so you don’t forget the information.  Date each entry with your signature at the end.  Don’t tear out any pages.  They must be seamless and in Chronological order in order for a judge to accept them.  Be as complete as possible.  Mention what was done to comply with requests or orders, what was the supervisors reaction as a result of your compliance, and any reprimands or complaints you encountered as to your duties and the execution there of.

You may never need to use it but if you do, you will have a seamless journal of events as they happened.  It may be necessary for you to prove your innocence or that your actions and behavior were adequate and complied with rules and procedures.  Having this might just get you that unemployment the company is threatening to deny you or save your job in a hostile envionment filled work place.

I canot emphasize enough how important this is.  You may never need to use it and can discard it later down the road if you don’t.  However, if you need it, it is the most valuable tool you will have in your arsenal.  And it doesn’t matter whether you are flipping burgers at a fast food restaurant or a social workers.  It doesn’t matter whether you are a computer expert or a ditch digger.  You never know who you are going to be working for and protecting yourself is your first priority.

And, secondly, do not create a hostile work place by playing into any workplace politics.  Keep your head down, your mouth shut,  do your job to the best of your abilities and bite your tongue until it bleeds…and have a plan B.  Start looking for a better job before you say anything to anyone if you are finding it impossible to continue working there.  Don’t give them an opportunity to fire you. Quit before it gets to that point.  Don’t confide in co-workers who might have an agenda you don’t know about.  Trust is  not a word that comes to mind in the work place.  It just isn’t.  Yes, I’m very negative about this but I haven’t lived this long without running up against a lot of experiences that have colored my perceptions.

I can’t stress documentation enough!  Document, document, document.  Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.  Then you won’t be disappointed.

Chris

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~ by womenstudycenter on February 25, 2014.

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