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  • Bob Mitchell


Performance Improvement plans, or PIP is a status that companies will give to their employees or consultants whom they think have not lived up to their expectations.

If you receive a PIP you have options, you can resign yourself to the fact that you will not have a position after 30 days and therefore not have the desire or energy to address it.

Your other option would be to fight it, and I don’t mean by arguing, fight it by showing that you are a reliable employee who can live up to their expectations and beyond.

If you receive a PIP and you have some extenuating circumstances  you should be able to talk with your manager about them.  By not sharing your particular circumstance your manager will only be able to make a decision based on performance alone and not based on any other factors.

Don’t become irate or defensive if you are put on one, instead find out why and then decide if you want to stay the course and get yourself taken off it, or if you are ready to leave then let the PIP run it’s course and move on.

However, there can be a downside, explaining to a recruiter why you were on a PIP can be difficult and you will be left with the recruiter making the decision if they want to move forward with your resume.

The best course for a PIP is to find out why and then try and correct it, by doing this you will be able to say that you did all that you could to correct it but for reasons that may be unknown you could not swing the decision to take you off the PIP.

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