I have a work staff of about 100 employees, with a supervising staff of about 6 people (its a team approach for supervision - meaning all 6 people supervise all 100 employees). I should also say that we are new to using SharePoint!
I would like to have each employee's work files (such as performance files, training documents, etc...) viewable by that employee only (not all employees), and also have the files writable by the supervising team. I created a SharePoint Group for the Supervisors.
I also created a document library for the employee files. I set the document library to Stop Inheriting Permissions, and selected the correct permission level for the Supervisor Group. I then created a folder for the first employee, changed the folder permission to "Stop Inheriting Permission", and granted "View Only" permission to the employee only. This seems to have worked just fine.
However, each time I create a new folder for an employee, the folder inherits all the "View Only" permissions for every employee folder that I previously created. For example: I created a folder form "John Smith", gave permission to only John Smith to view the folder I then created a folder for "Jane Doe". The folder automatically inherited permission for John Smith to view this folder (from the previous step). I then selected to Stop Inheritance of permissions on this folder, removed John Smith's permissions and granted Jane Doe "View only permission. Then each time a create a new folder, it inherits all the other permissions - so if I create a third folder, it automatically inherits "view Only" permissions for both John Smith and Jane Doe. Needless to say, this can become quite labor intensive to manually remove and grant permissions for each new employee and for each new folder.
Is there a way to stop each folder from inheriting permission upon creation of the folder, or is there a better way to accomplish this than what I am doing? Thanks in advance for your help!