Implement Performance Improvement Plans

Help managers get employee performance back on track.

Onsite Workshop

Avoiding performance improvement plans or implementing them poorly:

  • Exposes the organization to financial, litigation, and reputational risk.
  • Reduces productivity.
  • Increases turnover costs.

A well-developed performance improvement program:

  • Mitigates the risk of employee litigation.
  • Improves employee engagement and productivity.
  • Improves employee commitment and intent to stay.

Module 1: Current State Assessment

The Purpose

  •  Make the case for implementing a performance improvement program.
  • Train managers to weigh their options when considering implementing a performance improvement plan.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identify key messages to make the case for a performance improvement program.
  • Identify key metrics to measure the impact of PIPs on your organization.
  • A decision process to help managers weigh their options when considering implementing a performance improvement plan.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Identify the impact of poor performance on your organization.
  • Engage managers with the reasons that motivate the implementation of a performance improvement program.
  • Explore the challenges and successes of managers around poor performance in your organization.
1.2 Identify metrics to track the impact of your performance improvement program.
  • A set of metrics to track the impact of the project on your organization.
1.3 Compare the cost of a performance improvement program with the cost of termination.
  • A comparison of the costs of implementing a PIP with the cost of terminating the employee.
1.4 Prune the PIP decision tree to tailor the procedure to your organization.
  • A performance improvement decision process adapted to the needs of your organization.
1.5 Develop a policy to assess the severity of a performance shortfall.
  • A policy to help managers determine the severity of the performance shortfall of an employee.

Module 2: Design a Performance Improvement Program

The Purpose

  • Train managers to develop and deploy PIPs.
  • Train managers to coach employees through the PIP process.
  • Prepare managers to assess the performance of employees at the end of the PIP process.

Key Benefits Achieved

This module will help HR leaders:

  • Guide managers as they develop, implement, and document PIPs.
  • Guide managers as they coach employees through the PIP process.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Adapt the Performance Improvement Plan Template to the needs of your organization.
  • A performance improvement plan document adapted to the needs of your organization.
2.2 Train managers to identify SMART goals that might work in the context of a PIP.
  • Practice developing relevant, realistic goals to address performance shortfalls.
2.3 Help managers identify potential next steps.
  • A progressive discipline policy tailored to the needs of your organization.

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