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I work with someone who is keeping track of everyone else's movements in a journal...
February 2005, Article 9
Your letter raises serious questions, however when I first read it I laughed out loud. And only because it gave me insight into myself. I am known to walk around with a journal taking notes, at meetings, on the phone, with family etc...
So I wouldn't want to jump to any conclusions that this coworker is
up to something devious or malevolent! She simply could have a note-taker
type of personality. I take notes because it helps me to gain perspective
on what is going on in my life, it keeps me organized -- and it is a
terrific memory tool. It helps me enormously to look back to a conversation
and remember the important details. But I understand that it can make
some people nervous, and unsettle them. In my case, if it's not evident
why I'm taking notes, I'll tell people what the purpose of the note-taking
is. I do this to make people relax.
Let's return now to your question. I've given you examples of why people keep journals. You need to find out what the purpose of your coworker's note-taking is, and why she's following another worker around. Ask her directly. (Take your own journal with you and write down her exact comments! Don't forget to also record her reaction to you taking notes ;-) If you think her answer is off-base or makes you uncomfortable, then speak to your Supervisor about it. It's better to get the issues out in the open than speculate privately on this worker's true motivation.
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