Prepare a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP)

Key Points

  • An employer may choose to address poor performance by placing an employee on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP). 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 usually 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. The PIP is an ongoing process with monitoring and feedback.

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