Surviving A PIP– What To Do When You Need Help

If you have been handed a PIP, your employer, boss, or manager is likely unhappy with your performance at work. However, it is important to understand that a PIP is not an indication of your poor abilities; rather it is a roadmap for improvement. Your boss would not have given it to you if they did not have faith in your skills. 

Being told that your performance is not up to the mark can be depressing. However, with a few tips, you should be able to survive a PIP just fine. In such a situation, one of the most helpful things is the Guide to Beating Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs). This guide will help you to navigate the PIP and decide whether to continue work or resign. 

How to survive a Performance Improvement Plan 

  • First things first, understand it is okay to have questions and doubts. 

You thought you were doing great at your job, but then, you were handed the dreadful PIP. It can seem more confusing if your manager had not discussed it with you before creating it. Write down your thoughts and feelings, and think about what you have accomplished and where you lack. If the PIP came out of the blue, these are some important things you should ask yourself before signing any paperwork. 

  • Go in with a positive attitude and not a bitter heart. 

If your supervisor thought you were a lost cause, they would have handed you a termination letter instead of the PIP. Therefore, a PIP is a clear sign that your company still wants you in it. Instead of developing a bitter heart or being stressed, go in with a positive attitude and confidence that you can achieve any goal. Moreover, your attitude will be obvious to your employer. 

  • Take all the time you need to read and process the information in the PIP. 

A PIP is not a recipe card that you can read in one go by sitting on your couch, and that is enough. It is likely that your employer will help you understand the PIP, but make sure you take some time to read it carefully and thoroughly. It is also important that you feel comfortable with everything in the document. This is because if there is something unfair, you should immediately report it. 

  • Do not be afraid to ask for help. 

Have you received a PIP for the first time? Then, you are likely to be confused about your next steps. Do not hesitate to reach out for help from your manager, colleagues, or mentors. The more guidance and advice you can get, the better. There might be some areas that you are less knowledgeable or experienced in. 

Bobby S. Shamblin

Bobby S. Shamblin