Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Think Through the Accusations

If you're being documented for performance deficiencies, you have to really read through the accusations line-by-line. It is easy for an employer to try to hide red-flag words in documentation, as well as to set you up for the big finale--termination.

An employer can use red flag words like "consistently" and "regularly" to make it seem that you have a history of certain negative behaviors. They might also use false documentation to set you up for termination...down the line. For instance, make a few mid-level accusations that warrant putting you on a corrective action plan & then saying you didn't make progress or improvement and need suspension or termination. They could just be laying the groundwork!

Read everything carefully & challenge everything that's wrong. No issue is too small because employers are great at making a mountain out of a mole hill. Don't be argumentative in your own defense. Just state the facts professionally. Use examples. Use your own documentation to make your points about any instructions you received, etc.

If someone else is responsible for an error being made, state who did what & where the problem occurred.

Don't leave anything to chance. Read & respond.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have an e-mail address.

2:25 AM  
Blogger Thomas Jackson said...

Do you have an e-mail address?

2:27 AM  
Anonymous Older but Wiser said...

I am not Black, but am otherwise a minority. I find your posts to all be relevent and spot on, having lived through many of the things that you describe in the workplace. I share them regularly on listservs and FaceBook. Thank you, thank you 100 times over for your blog.

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Older but Wiser, can I join your FB to share your advice. Also how do I get to listservs?
My email is: andr0078@hotmail.com

12:48 AM  
Blogger S. Mary Wills said...


Sorry for the late response.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Older but Wiser, not sure if you read my latest post & sent your FB detail to my stated email address. If you did please send it again as it might have gone to junk box & I forgotten to check. However, it's alright if you don't feel comfortable about giving out the info. I'll understand.

9:42 PM  

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