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How to deal with underperforming employees


It is no longer acceptable to fire an employee immediately for poor performance.

Do not make your mind up too early! Even if the behaviour appears clearly unreasonable, you must still follow the correct procedure.

Legal advice for dealing with difficult employees…

A useful tactic for dealing with poor performance is a Performance Improvement Plan.

This is not a disciplinary process.

What is a Performance Improvement Plan?

The Performance Improvement Plan is designed to be a constructive discussion process between an employee and his or her supervisor.

It clarifies the work performance to be improved.

A Performance Improvement Plan can be used at the discretion of the employee’s line manager or supervisor to help a staff member improve his or her performance.

Setting measurable targets

The supervisor, with input from the employee, develops the Performance Improvement Plan to design measurable activities and targets to be reached over a period of weeks or months to help the employee improve to the expected level.

If the employee does not improve over the time scale of the Performance Improvement Plan then the employer can take action under a disciplinary or capability procedure.

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