Proper Documentation Vital in Evaluations

Bill Bransford, partner at Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C., a federal employment law firm, authored the column Proper Documentation Vital in Evaluations in the Federal Times on October 2, 2011. The column is available here.

Excerpt: Doctors document their patients’ temperature and blood pressure. Police officers write up reports on traffic accidents. But, on a day-to-day basis, federal supervisors often do not document poor performance as they should. The No. 1 question employee relations specialists ask supervisors who want to take an adverse action is: Where is your documentation? If the documentation is lacking, chances are the adverse action will not take place. Why is documentation frequently not done? Some cite the press of other business; some say documentation takes too much time or doesn’t feel right, as if you are keeping tabs on someone.

Source: Federal Times