WRITING DESCRIPTIONS THAT ARE
SPECIFIC AND COMPLETE
A description is useful only if the details it includes are specific and complete. Which of these descriptions provides the most useful information?
THINK ABOUT IT …
Why should performance documentation be specific and complete?
|________||a. The tennis match between two well-known players lasted a long time. Two sets had to be decided by tiebreakers. The final score was very close.|
|________||b. The tennis match between Venus and Serena Williams lasted for three and a half hours. The first and third sets had to be decided by tiebreakers. Serena finally won, 7–6, 4–6, 7–6.|
RE-READ YOUR DOCUMENT.
Ask yourself if there are any im-
portant details missing, anything
that is personal and not fact-
based or anything that could be
What are the questions you would ask about the following description?
Sue frequently takes long breaks. She is also sometimes late when she returns to the office from lunch.