Define your role at work. Put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard and detail out your daily process in the office. Create your own “how-to” for what you do, it could come in handy for your manager.
Some companies look for new ways to have employees validate their time spent during work hours. There are project management systems that are great for tracking tasks, emails and folder work well for a CYA file, but there’s one thing missing…a tell-all of sorts on what you do. Say for example you’re out for a week, the normal process would be an email dump of what you’re working on, and ongoing tasks for your manager to delegate while you’re out. This may require extra training on your part if your position is especially difficult to explain through text.
Take the initiative and create a “how-to for dummies” that details your every process. Start slow with a word document, and add in slim tasks as you work on them throughout the week. Larger scope projects you should take the time to add in as you build on them. The documentation can double up as support in your next review, because believe it or not your boss may not know everything you work on. This exercise will help in your technical writing skills, an invaluable skill in most companies, and can contribute to a larger body of work within your department.