A few years ago, a friend of mine, Nancy, lost her job. To put it more bluntly, she was fired. It was her first job out of school and she had the misfortune of hiring into an extremely bad culture.
The company had put Nancy in a number of difficult positions where she wasn’t given the tools she needed to accomplish her job. After repeated conversations with her manager concerning her performance, she was put on a performance improvement program, commonly referred to as a PIP.