Performance Improvement Plan
What is a Performance Improvement Plan?
The performance improvement plan or PIP is the fastest way for an employer to give an employee the boot. This could result in a claim to the Employment Tribunal for unfair dismissal. Over the last six years I have helped hundreds of people who have come to me to draft a grievance letter because the performance improvement plan was unjust, and unfairly instigated.
The majority of time, the real reasons why the employer instigated the performance improvement plan, is for one of the following reasons:
- Because the employer is making redundancies, and wants to save money by managing people out of the Company by using the performance improvement plan as the vehicle to procure [your] dismissal;
- A new manager has started, who is indifferent to [you], and whom is acting in a capricious manner to get rid of [you];
- The employer needs to downsize.
Is the performance improvement plan fair, and more importantly, within the range of reasonable responses?
The answer to this question lays in looking at employment law.
Pursuant to s.98(3) of the Employment Rights Act 1996, it states that an employer can dismiss an employee for grounds relating to ‘capability’. This means – “In relation to an employee, his capability assessed by reference to skill, aptitude, health or any other physical or mental quality.”
Yes, the employer can lawfully dismiss you on grounds of (a) capability (b) skill (c) aptitude and/or (d) health, which would fall within the range of reasonable responses – British Home Stores Ltd v Burchell  IRLR 379.
How do I get out of a Performance Improvement Plan?
Subjecting an employee to the performance improvement plan may well amount to discrimination.
Subjecting an employee to the performance improvement plan may amount to a breach of the implied term of mutual trust and confidence, especially where the PIP has been instigated with an ulterior motive to give [you] the boot.
The Performance Improvement Plan Template, which Sam Stone has created provides three grievance letters examples, which you could send to your employer to raise a grievance, and protest being put on a (1) Performance Improvement Plan; (2) Personal Development Plan; (3) Capability.
The Performance Improvement Plan Template outlines three letter of grievance examples for three different scenarios. You can use the three grievance letter examples within the Performance Improvement Plan Template to raise a letter of grievance. These grievance letter examples can be used either verbatim or to support a grievance letter, which you are already writing.
The Performance Improvement Plan Template allows you to turn the tables on your employer, i.e. to withdraw the Performance Improvement Plan or Personal Development Plan.
If you want to know how to survive being put on a Performance Improvement Plan, then the Performance Improvement Template which Sam Stone has created will give you a fighting chance against your manager / employer.
The Performance Improvement Plan Template explains what to do if you have been put on a Performance Improvement Plan, and furthermore how to protest the performance improvement plan to gain the upper hand on your employer.
The three letter of grievance samples within the Performance Improvement Plan Template gives you a real fighting chance. The Performance Improvement Plan Template is 24 pages long.
I get a lot of employees’ who come to me to seek help in putting together a grievance letter because the employee has been put on a performance improvement plan. If you too need my help, then contact me (business hours only) to assist you in custom drafting a grievance letter to your employer to enter the grievance procedure. I can be reached on 07775943414.
You cannot afford to wait to the last minute to contest being put on a performance improvement plan or personal development plan. If you feel the performance improvement plan is neither fair nor equitable, but undertaken as a ‘punitive’ measure to punish you – then make sure purchase the Performance Improvement Plan Template to lodge a grievance letter to enter the grievance procedure. Please visit my testimonials page.
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