What is the purpose of a performance improvement plan?

by Mammoth Team on January 21, 2020


Q: What is the purpose of a performance improvement plan?

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Answer: Ideally, a performance improvement plan helps employees meet performance expectations and avoid termination, but it also helps employers reduce the risk of termination if that becomes necessary.

In general, a performance improvement plan: 

  • specifies your expectations for employee performance
  • defines what success looks like going forward
  • sets regular meetings with the employee to discuss their progress
  • explains the consequences of failing to make and sustain performance improvements as outlined in the plan.

If an employee who’s on a performance improvement plan does not improve their performance, managers then have documentation showing that the employee was made aware of their poor performance, given a chance to improve, failed to do so, and understood the consequences.

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Topics: Compliance, Best Practices, Performance