I got put on a Performance Improvement Plan this afternoon. What would be the consequences of just putting my computer in a box for the courier and mailing it into my company?
I am a software developer in Canada.
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Show up, but assume you will be fired and put your main effort into getting the next job. You show up so you continue to make a salary, and so that you can say you're still employed while searching for a job (which will make you both look more attractive as an employee and give you negotiating leverage if an offer is made). Although taking one sick day to process things emotionally wouldn't necessarily be a bad idea.
Should I even show up tomorrow?
Yes, you should show up at work tomorrow if you have not got a new job offer yet, and if you still need the paychecks to pay the bills. Even if you no longer love this current job, it still is a source of income.
While you are working for this company on PIP, please make sure to look for a new job outside work hours.
If you quit now, it may be awhile till you get a good job offer in this COVID time as you know. So, it is a good idea to hang on to this current job as long as you can while actively looking for a better job.
I don't see why you should quit right away tomorrow unless the work environment is too hostile or toxic, and causes you tremendous stresses that significantly affect your mental and physical health.
In many cases, a PIP is a thinly veiled information gathering to build a file to fire you for cause. Unless your company is has a history of people surviving PIPs, your chances are slightly better chance than computing the last digit of Pi in your head.
That said, go to work, do your job, and follow the PIP to the LETTER and give them no excuse to fire you. You want to survive this long enough to find another job. Politics is the art of saying "nice doggy" while looking for a rock.
The ideal situation would be if you could manage to survive the PIP to completion as some companies will ask if you are currently on a PIP, and that will kill your application, but don't bet on surviving, get out ASAP.
In the future, look for the warning sigs of an impending PIP:
Canada Specific Answer
If you want to be eligible for EI benefits while looking for your next job, you must meet these criteria (emphasis mine):
- were employed in insurable employment
- lost your job through no fault of your own
- are affected by flooding or wildfires
- have been without work and without pay for at least seven consecutive days in the last 52 weeks
- have worked for the required number of insurable employment hours in the last 52 weeks or since the start of your last EI claim, whichever is shorter Temporary COVID-19 relief
- are ready, willing and capable of working each day
- are actively looking for work (you must keep a written record of employers you contact, including when you contacted them)
So if you keep showing up and end up getting fired before finding a new job, at least you'll be able to maintain some income. If you stop showing up and you're fired for not showing up, you're waiving your eligibility to receive support from the government while you look for your next job.
Yes you should show up. There are people advising for you to try and salvage your current job, and if at all possible, I advise it too.
But, it sounds like that at this point, you sound 110% done with your job. We don't know the circumstances, but your goal is to MANAGE YOUR SITUATION and transition into your next role, and maintaining your current role for as long as possible is what you should do.
Continue to work and contribute the best you can so you can continue to make a paycheck. Being unemployed is expensive, having the least amount of time between jobs is the best.
Finding new employment is much easier while you are employed, start applying while your resume still says your job is "current"
Salvage whatever relationships you can from this place. There's no need to completely burn the ship down, with some humility, try to reconcile with whoever you can. Maintaining good relationships is important, you have no idea who knows who.
Talk to several people you trust most and ask them if you can use them as a reference. Maybe there are a few people who are sympathetic to your situation and can be used for references in the future. If you can downplay that you are currently applying, the better, as you don't want rumors of you trying to leave after being placed on a PIP.
Yes, you should turn up. The point of a Performance Improvement Plan is to, well, improve your performance. Your performance has not been at a satisfactory level to date, and they're giving you a step-by-step plan on how to get your performance to an appropriate level.
So, given that, not only should you aim to meet those goals, but you should aim to exceed them. If those goals are the minimum level you need to reach for your performance to be considered acceptable, you should go even further beyond to reach the level where your performance would be considered "good". If that means you put in overtime, you put in overtime. If that means you spend your weekends studying courses, you study those courses on the weekends. If that means after you go home you spend your evenings preparing for the next day's work, then you stay up until midnight preparing.
You can worry about burnout after the Performance Improvement Plan period's over.