I was spared in the recent layoffs at my company which is based in California, USA. First, they let go/forced out many leaders and replaced some of them. Then, many middle managers including mine and their low level reportees were let go without any warning. So, us middle level reportees are left. We will be doing the work of the lower level reportees also. The company might hire a few mid level people in case our burden is unbearable.
My performance was average (long story, not my fault) and I have not done anything that could lead to firing. Routine performance reviews are coming up soon. Due to the recent company wide changes, I suspect that the company will use those performance reviews to put me on a performance improvement plan (PIP) to avoid paying me severance and replace me with someone who is better OR accepts less compensation. Usually, PIPs are designed to get rid of employees. If my company puts me on PIP, can I simply reject the PIP and quit instead? Are there any advantages to accepting PIP? I have never had performance issues at my past employers and I don't want PIP to show up in any employment background check.
PS - Is it prudent to inform my own teammates that I have been put on PIP if it happens? I'd like to warn them about it if possible.