My manager advised me wasn’t happy with my performance. During a meeting last week, I was told I was going to a Performance Improvement Plant (PIP). It makes me very nervous, and I want to know what to do to protect my job. – My manager is putting me on a PIP. What do I do?
First things first, calm down and take a deep breath. Being put on a PIP is not ideal, but it’s not the end of the world. You can recover from being placed on a PIP. It takes self-reflection and hard work.
The first step is acknowledging and accepting why your manager put you on a PIP. Denying wrongdoing or making excuses for poor performance will not help you move forward. PIPs are not designed to terminate an employee. PIPs were designed to help you improve your performance and achieve your desired KPIs. Don’t get defensive about being put on a PIP. Go into the situation with an open mind and a willingness to grow.
Make sure your manager knows that you’re taking the PIP seriously. Show that you have the willingness to learn and grow in your position. Follow the PIP precisely as it’s laid out, and follow through with any actions or training your manager wants you to take.
If you believe you can do your job, do everything asked of you to prove you’re still the right person for the position.
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