In late January of this year I received a very poor annual performance review. I received the level of "Needs Improvement", which states "A performance plan must accompany an overall rating of NEEDS IMPROVEMENT".
I have inquired bi-weekly about the status of the performance plan, but have not yet received any plan. Each time I am told that they are working on it, or that they are working out the measurable results, but after 4 months I still do not have the "required" performance plan.
I was told by one of the managers who wrote the performance review that "It is just so that in cases where a need to do this is identified, managers actually follow through with a plan to improve performance: identifying the need alone is not sufficient.". I am probably not correct in this thinking, but I believe if I performed as poorly as they said that they would want to give me a performance plan.
This is also hindering my ability to show improvements in quarterly meetings with my new team lead, as I cannot refer to the performance plan and show the areas I have improved. Instead I have to refer to how I was doing before, and the notes from the performance review, and interpret/hope that I am doing things better.
What is the best course of action here? I really enjoy the work that I do, but its extremely discouraging to be told I am doing a bad job and then not receive the "required" plan that is suppose to help/guide me. I feel like I am doing the exact same thing as I was last year(except for attempting to get better at the areas pointed out in the review), but with a new team lead.