In 1988 I went to work for a large commercial-residential electrical contractor. One of the first projects I worked on was a program to document what was happening on site. Under this system, every site employee, from superintendent to apprentice, was required to fill out a daily job journal. The journal sheets were in a paper tablet containing multiple preprinted NCR (no carbon paper required) forms. At the end of the week, the employee pulled out the originals and turned them in with his time sheet. The copies stayed in the tablet so the employee had records to refer to for the rest of the project.

The author's employees use a daily job-journal sheet to document who was on site, what work was done, and if anything happened that might become an issue with the customer or subs.

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