90 Day Action Plan for Improvement
1) improvement actions
2) specific times for completing the actions, and
3) the person responsible. Just having the plan is not enough.
As leaders, we must always work to close the loop to explain where we stand in achieving the action for improvement. Most of us have access to a lot of data. When the data are reviewed, we want to use the data for improvement. The first step to improvement is acting on the information. The 90 Day Action Plan is a structured process to move to action. When we do so, we develop trust with our teams.
WHY ARE 90 DAY ACTION PLANS IMPORTANT?
We all know how important engaged employees are to the success of the organization. What do engaged employees/team members want to know?
- The direction of the organization
- The role of the team in that direction
- Their role in the team and the success of the team
- Their value as a team member
Our research on employee engagement indicates that employees want to have input on decisions that affect their jobs. Leaders who connect with employees on a regular basis to gain input tend to perform better in this area. When we engage employees in conversations about data, they feel valued. When we act on data, they feel validated. This commitment to employees sets the stage for creating an engaged work environment.
WHAT ARE 90 DAY ACTION PLANS?
The purpose of a 90 Day Action Plan is to map the actions that are taken after reviewing results and gaining input from our teams. The plan is used to document the actions, persons responsible and the time frame in which the action will occur. The plan is also used to document progress using a Blue, Green, Yellow, Red (BGYR) process. (Blue: achieved goal; Green: on-target to achieve; Yellow: moving but behind; Red: needs attention)
Aligning action plans with desired results requires us to have the right action plans in place to achieve success. It is important to develop 90 Day Action Plans that accurately capture the work to be done to achieve success.
HOW ARE 90 DAY ACTION PLANS DEVELOPED?
Ask members of the team to assist with writing the action plan.
Review data gathered from rolling out results.
- Prior to developing an action plan, it is important for leaders to share results with the team. This rollout of results gives employees an opportunity to understand the current data, provide input about the data, and suggest actions to prioritize.
Develop the action plan.
- List the team’s prioritized actions.
- Determine a timeline for implementation for each action.
- Identify the person responsible for successful implementation of each action.
- Place the above information in the 90 Day Action Plan form as a draft.
Provide the team with the draft 90 Day Action Plan.
- Once the 90 Day Action Plan draft is complete, send it out to all team members for one last review and opportunity for feedback before implementation.
Implement the 90 Day Action Plan.
- Place the 90 Day Action Plan on the agenda of team meetings, to update progress on implementation of actions.
- Use a BGYR to assess the movement toward the action at least every 30 days.
(Blue: achieved goal; Green: on target to achieve; Yellow: moving but behind; Red: needs attention)