Here are a few tips that can help keep you out of trouble and are good advice if you find yourself up in a difficult situation.
REMEMBER! Your association is here to help you.
- While you're trying to defend yourself, you may get into more trouble. Just listen to your supervisor, take good notes and admit nothing.
- Give your association rep all the details.
- Don't give your written account of what happened to anyone without first getting the association's approval. Keep your own set of notes.
- Start keeping your own detailed notes if you believe the administration is starting to document your performance.
- Keep good records. Make copies of what's in your personnel file.
- Keep deadlines. In order to protect your rights, there may be timelines to follow. Check with your association rep or your contract for those dates.
- Know your contract. Ask questions of your association rep.
- Keep cool. Don't lose your temper.
- Don't just complain; do something. The only way to fix a problem is to let the association know about it.
- Don't be rushed into anything. You have the right to request postponement of a meeting if you're association rep can't be there. When the meeting does take place, take careful notes.
- Document all events that you report. Include the time, date, and people present and specific details.
- Be careful whom you confide in and what you tell them. Your problems may show up on your evaluation.