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Don’t Trip on Your PIP: The Risk of Performance Improvement Plans

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Document! Document!! Document!!! Isn’t that what we are always screaming at managers to do? Where’s your documentation? It’s the number one HR question asked when a manager expresses a desire to fire an employee. In many cases, that documenation involves a performance improvement plan, or PIP. As this new court ruling shows, be careful that your PIP isn't set up to make the employee fail ... or you could be setting yourself up for a discrimination lawsuit.

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Pros February 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

The word is pretty much out that PIP’s don’t work and aren’t meant to help someone improve. So if its desired to fire someone its better to negotiate a severance and move on. PIP is evil torture.


Melanie September 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Another point – Don’t put this kind of information in emails. It is discoverable evidence in a lawsuit.


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