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.