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Performance Improvement Plan (PIP)

Mon Nov. 4th 2019

Before any formal proceedings regarding performance can be implemented, a PIP must be entered into. The timing of a PIP can vary, depending on previous informal feedback and performance reviews. Often managers procrastinate and then want to end the relationship. Entering into a PIP with a staff member provides clarity (and a written record) of the areas of improvement required and of your mutual expectations.

One of the common reasons why informal performance management often doesn’t achieve the desired outcome is because of the way it is communicated, or how that communication is received and interpreted. With a formal PIP there is less room is misunderstandings.

The goal of a PIP is to help raise performance to an acceptable level. This has many potential benefits for both parties and can also be very positive for the entire team and staff culture.

If at the end of the PIP the required improvement is not achieved, formal disciplinary action can be implemented but the employee must be advised of this at the commencement of the process.

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Simply phone Thelma on 021 81 33 82.

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I have known Thelma French for around 20 years, mainly as a business colleague working in the media industry. Thelma has worked in a number of organisations in the time I have known her and is someone who has truly evolved and developed as she has risen to meet the challenges. Thelma is someone who is very highly principled and who has at the core of her character an unwavering commitment to integrity and equity. She is unique in that she balances those elements of her character with innate warmth and an enormous sense of fun. She is someone who can be relied upon in any situation and provides strength and support to those around her.
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