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Are you in an improvement process after a bad assessment? What now?

Assessment interviews often take place at the end of the year. Of course you hope that this is a positive conversation, but sometimes the employer thinks you are not performing as expected *. That's not great news, but how do you proceed after this? If your employer believes that you are not performing well, the employer will have to give you the opportunity to improve this performance. An improvement process can then be set up.

* Please note that malfunctioning should not be the result of illness.

It is important that the employer indicates what the job requirements are and on which points the employer wishes to improve. This can also be discussed during a personal meeting. The employer must investigate and inquire how performance can be improved and whether he can contribute to this, for example through training. The employer may be expected to support and guide you in this. Offering coaching or training is an example of this. Even if the message of insufficient performance is not pleasant, try to have a positive approach and see what you need to change your performance. An improvement process is intended to give you the opportunity to improve your performance. These points for improvement must be clear to both parties and recorded in an improvement plan. The points for improvement must therefore be formulated 'SMART'. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Acceptable, Realistic and Time-bound. The improvement process is evaluated in the interim.

How long an improvement process takes depends on the situation. It depends, among other things, on the duration of the employment and the circumstances at work. An improvement process of six months is not uncommon. The duration of an improvement process can therefore differ per case.

At the end of the improvement process, it is evaluated and assessed whether there has been an improvement and whether you are functioning properly.

This will often be the case. What if that is not the case?

The employer can extend the improvement process. Sometimes the employer proposes at that time, in mutual consultation, to offer you another position or to split up. In any case, the employer must ensure that you have had a realistic chance of improvement. It may also be the case that, after the extended process, the employer still believes that you are not functioning properly and does not expect this to improve in the long term. In that case, the employer could propose you to place you in another position, make a proposal to terminate your employment or request dismissal from the subdistrict court. Are you in this situation? Then get legal information about your situation.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. We are happy to answer your questions and help you further. You can reach us by calling 0345 851 963 or you can send an email to: sc@unie.nl.