We at our workplace are now inflicted with PIP forms, as specimen of ever-increasing bureaucratic paperwork parasites. Somebody in HR is onto all the new trends, and theyâ€™re being implemented whether they are effective or not. As someone who has always written improvement plans from scratch, suitable for each case, I chafe at the restrictions on these forms. Now everything is coddling legalese.
When I started working, we had a lot of hard-nosed WW II vets in charge. They had seen massive evil close up, and certainly would not abide mere stupidity. If you had given them a PIP form to fill in for shop f-ups, they would have recoiled in disgust, hurled it to the floor, spit on it, then ground it underfoot. Thereâ€™s the door, sir or madam, and donâ€™t let it hit your tender butt on the way out. Firing people was as simple as escorting them out with their tools, HR niceties to be applied later. Was that a good thing? In most cases, yes: good for the company and, actually good for employees.
After the end of the military draft, I began to notice the relative increasing lack of discipline in our young male workers. Basic life skills such as following simple orders, focusing on the task at hand, and the ability to take criticism became less evident. These young men, boyish and immature into their thirties and forties, were gradually dragging down society, making it less and less adult. It seems to get worse every year.
In an age when gas is over $4 a gallon (and no coherent energy policy in sight); when it is perfectly okay to be an aâ€”hole (hello, Charlie Sheen); when people think increased CO-2 in the atmosphere means more food for plants -- in my opinion this accommodation to mediocrity through PIPs is another part of the nationâ€™s downward trend.