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Should Employees Have Access to My Performance log?

No. The performance log, in whatever form you keep it, is your private and informal record of how people have done in their activities on the job.

You may find it worthwhile to have your performance log available if an employee challenges a judgment you make or a description you record in the performance appraisal. Your case is much stronger if you’re able to say, ‘‘Well, George, let me get out the notes that I took at the time about the way you handled the Watson situation . . .’’

Finally, if a performance appraisal you write is ever the subject of a legal or other third-party challenge, your defensibility rises if you are able to produce contemporaneous notes that led to the performance assessment in question.