Managing employee performance can be one of the most difficult jobs as a supervisor. As an employee, not receiving timely critiques from a supervisor can become frustrating and it may seem that the supervisor is setting the employee up to fail by not clearly outlining expectations. Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs) are a type of coaching method that supervisors can use to provide a written outline to an employee highlighting areas in need of improvement. A common misconception is that a PIP is only a form of discipline, when in actuality it may accompany verbal or written discipline or it can be given to an employee as a part of goal-oriented discussions. For example, a PIP can be a useful tool during succession planning to assist satisfactory performing employees grow to their full potential or to further improve upon existing good work traits.
Providing an employee with a PIP requires a commitment from the supervisor and the employee to see the plan through; this may require the following: