Ostensibly, performance improvement plans—or PIPs—are a set of objectives meant to fast-track employee improvement. Often, however, PIPs are used as a tool to nudge out underperforming workers.
- PIPs have been a fixture of the workplace for decades.
- They are meant to help flagging employees find their footing again.
- If workers hit the objectives outlined in the plan, the general idea is they keep their jobs.
- PIPs sometimes contain targets that can be extremely hard to meet.