Employee Performance Improvement Plan

Placing someone on an employee performance improvement plan can be considerably less expensive than terminating them all together. So don't throw the baby out with the bath water!

For those visiting this page from the Written Warning page this information is extremely important.

Organizations spend a lot of money on the hiring and training process for brand new employees, so if someone has potential why not implement some type of employee performance improvement plan to salvage an employee. Of course we are talking about an employee that has been there for some time.

First - Don't complicate the process either!

Implement the "KISS” System (Keep It Simple Stupid).

In other words focus on what part of the individuals performance needs improvement and go from there. Keep in mind we are not talking about behavior, only performance. Attendance would be an example of behavior, and not cleaning there equipment properly would be performance.

Before moving forward are you certain that the individual is physically able to perform their duties.

So if you are writing the plan up so that there is a formal record that this employee is requiring additional training to perform satisfactorily, I would set it up like this:

State exactly what part of their performance is not currently satisfactory. Don't leave them guessing! Example: You are failing to produce 20 widgets that can pass all quality inspections. Currently not all the widgets that you are producing are assembled properly when they arrive at the quality inspector's station. Currently you are only producing 17 widgets that are able to completely pass the quality inspection.

State what the performance should be, and be specific. Example: You are expected to produce a minimum of 20 widgets per day that pass all quality inspections.

State the process for achieving satisfactory performance, such as training classes, meetings with you, coaches and/ or mentors, inspections, and the time table for achieving it, etc.

The hard part of the employee performance improvement plan is actually working with the individual through the process, but I have discovered that it is well worth the investment of your time.

Good Luck and May God Bless You!

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