Prepare Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs)

Key Points

  • Employers may choose to address poor performance by placing employees on Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs). The PIP allows a supervisor to identify specific areas of underperformance, set specific goals for performance, and evaluate the employee's attainment of those goals.
  • The PIP is much more detailed and individualized than the internal performance appraisal process. Supervisors should communicate their specific concerns regarding an employee's performance, offer examples of the desired level of performance, and engage the employee in a discussion regarding additional training or other solutions. PIPs should include definite objectives and a targeted time frame.
  • The PIP should be reviewed by the next level supervisor or HR to ensure consistency in the application of the PIP process.

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