Are the Recent IT Upgrades Negatively Affecting Your Performance?

Here’s what you should do about it.

hands on computersBy now, your FDA computer has probably been upgraded to Outlook 2016, and your email has been migrated to the cloud, if not soon. You may have noticed that not all your settings transferred over intact. I have noticed a lot of unsolicited email in my inbox that I previously marked as junk, so I had to mark it as junk again. While these tasks appear to be very small, many of them will actual tax your productivity.

Our CBA, Article 30, Sections 5 H and I, require that the employer consider extenuating circumstances outside of your control and factors like availability of resources, lack of training, and frequently authorized interruptions of normal work duties when evaluating your performance.

Man on a couch with notebook computer on lapI recommend that you document such circumstances, factors, and instances in emails to your supervisor, marked with delivery and read confirmation requested, to serve as evidence for future use. You may need this evidence during a PMAP rebuttal, self-assessment, or potential grievance.

More importantly, good written communication with your supervisor is more likely to avoid any misunderstandings and grievances in the future.

If you have any questions or other input on this subject, please share it with your chapter president.

Author: chapterpresident

I have worked in the FDA since 1990 in a variety of positions. I currently serve as chapter president of NTEU Chapter 254, representing FDA employees in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.