Taking accurate, contemporaneous notes during formal HR meetings is an important activity with serious consequences if not performed well. It does, however, have its challenges as, for most people, it is impossible to write down everything verbatim. That introduces the possibility that the resulting notes will be inaccurate owning to omissions or misrepresentations as the note taker paraphrases the discussion.
The skill of the note taker is to recognise the important elements of the discussion and to ensure these are captured accurately, and verbatim as necessary. This, in turn, means working closely with the Chair to ensure key points are identified and recorded.
After the meeting, the note taker needs to be able to present their notes with clarity and accuracy, avoiding ambiguity. These notes will be crucial in the decision-making process that follows the meeting, and the notes should aid that process without compromising the outcome.
This workshop aims to provide HR professionals with a format and technique for taking notes during an HR investigation that will enable them to produce records that both aid the decision-making process and, in the event of an objection or appeal, would provide a reliable and complete record of the investigation meeting.
By the end of the programme, you will be able to:
Preparing for the Meeting
Note Taking - Video exercise
Principles of Good Business Writing Part 1
Principles of Good Business Writing Part 2