Every employer has a HR file on each of their employees so I often encourage workers to keep a file on themselves. Each accolade, certificate, performance appraisal and thank you note should be included. It’s important for you to maintain updated written record on your job performance particularly if it highlights positive feedback on the contributions you’ve made to the organization. Keeping your own personnel file is also a useful point of reference when requesting a promotion or seeking new opportunity outside of the firm. It may be a great resource for assessing the progress or lack thereof that you have made in a particular area. Plus, on those days when your ego needs a boost, reviewing notes of gratitude or letters of praise can lift your spirits by reminding you of your contributions or how you add value to the organization.