How to Survive the Dreaded Performance Improvement Plan

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How to Survive the Dreaded Performance Improvement Plan

Performance improvement plans often strike terror in the hearts of employees. When you are put on a PIP, your knee-jerk reaction might be to head for the nearest exit. But while it’s true that performance improvement plans often lead to terminated relationships between employer and employee, this usually happens because the latter didn’t buy into the idea of changing for the better.

This will be your primary challenge with a PIP. Keep reading to learn how to make it past one unscathed.


Don’t Sulk

Sure, being put on a performance improvement plan can be a big blow to your ego, so it’s normal to sulk for a few days after hearing the news. However, you need to pull yourself together and find the headspace to bring your performance to levels that will actually lead to success.


Understand What a PIP Is

If you want to make it past a performance improvement plan, you must first understand what it is and what it entails in the first place. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about where the PIP is heading. Is it a turnaround or final ultimatum before termination? Why are you being put on this plan in the first place? Is it because of behavioral complaints? Tardiness and absences?

If your manager or supervisor offers a list of performance recommendations, this is a good sign they actually want to work things out with you.


Develop Your PIP Strategy

Now that you know why you’ve been placed on a performance improvement plan, you need to develop a strategy for getting through it. Set realistic goals for your daily and weekly activities, with milestones to help you maintain your focus and a sense of direction. Remember, your boss wants change, so be sure to meet their expectations.


Keep Lines of Communication Open

Don’t be afraid to let your manager know how the PIP is going and ask questions for clarification about tasks or projects. Proactive communication shows your boss that you are genuinely interested in taking action and changing for the better.

Bottom line? A performance improvement plan isn’t the end of your career. In fact, it’s a lifeline to help you save it.

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