What is a performance improvement plan?

A Performance Improvement Plan (or ‘PIP’ as it is commonly known) is a process frequently used by employers where it is being alleged an employee has not carried out work to satisfactory standard. It is usually set out in writing for the employee to acknowledge and accept, and is also often coupled with a formal disciplinary process.

The PIP should:

    • clearly and objectively set out where you are failing;
    • set out the improvement expected of you using measurable objectives;
    • state whether any support or training will be provided;
    • provide for the timescales and frequency of reviews; and
    • make clear what sanctions there will be if you fail to improve.

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