I was recently a part of an unforeseen call between two departments over a failing project.
During the call, my manager had blatantly lied to our HR director regarding this failing project and where some of the failures had fallen. He had blamed a particular team member who didn't have any involvement on the project for not being able to complete assigned tasks.
These tasks were assigned to another employee who babysits the manager's kids. In general, this employee never completes tasks or if he does, they are of poor quality and require a lot of rework. However, since he's favored by the manager and some of upper management, nothing negative can be said about him.
The employee who was blamed for the failures during the call is now longer in the department (just two weeks after this call). I wanted to speak up, but in fear of losing my own job, I didn't. Now, our team is significantly weaker and my workload has skyrocketed.
I'd like to start recording ALL of my calls in the event that something like this happens again. There are currently no policies regarding call recording at my company.
Would I have to announce on the calls that I'm recording in order for it to be considered a viable piece of documentation in situations such as this?