What Should I Do if I Was Put on a Performance Improvement Plan?
If you have been put on a performance improvement plan, or received a formal warning about your job performance, you may be wondering what's next. Is this a genuine attempt to improve your performance or an employer creating a paper trail with the intent of firing you at the end of the improvement period?
It can be hard to tell, but you should review the plan to be sure that it sets goals that are possible for you to achieve. If the goals or expectations are unreasonable, you should be sure to raise that with your supervisor. That is also a sign, however, that the PIP is intended as a stepping stone to termination.
You should also be sure that whatever you are asked to sign is not an agreement with the contents of the plan or warning, but simply acknowledgement that you have received it.
Whatever the true motivation on the employer's part, you should try your best to meet the expectations in the plan. If it is a good faith plan, then doing so will help you succeed in the role. If it is a paper trail for termination, the more you are able to accomplish the weaker the justification for your termination will be.
Learn more here about performance improvement plans in Massachusetts.
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