An employee is not meeting your standards, you want to see a turnaround in job performance or make sure you have the right documentation to fire them. Is it time for a 90 day improvement plan? The 90 day improvement plan is a common response to serious performance problems. The concept is simple enough, sit the employee down and tell them what they have to change in the next 90 days in order to keep their job.I work with employers who use them, I’ve been asked to create them and have seen 90 day improvement plans as part of formal performance appraisals. I think they’re a really dumb idea! Too often employees make a dramatic turnaround for 90 days and then on the 91st, or 95th day they mess up again. They get marched into an office and an employer is ready to fire them and faces the frustrating realization that they cleaned up their act for 90 days and did what was expected of them. The situation is compounded when the employee in question has filed a complaint of discrimination in the past so you have to be careful about retaliation or another employee was treated differently.
- A definition of what is expected, the level of performance that is acceptable.
- Identification of where the employee is not meeting expectations
- The steps that need to be taken to bring performance to an acceptable level.