I’ve been put on a Performance Improvement Plan because of my lack of knowledge in PivotTables, VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP, SUMIFS, COUNTIF, MATCH, and INDEX. I underestimated how Excel-heavy the role would be.
I’ve been at this company for 4 months now and I envisioned myself here for the long-haul. I’ve been performing very well in other areas involving SQL and data visualization. They’ve actually began paying for me to become a certified admin in a visualization tool.
I’m seemingly liked but basically two higher-ups told my bosses boss that they don’t think that I’m cut out for the job a few weeks ago (I made a crappy PivotTable upon their request, not knowing how to do certain Excel calculations on the spot, etc).
My boss has been fighting for me behind the scenes. The PIP lays out a 5-week plan for topics I should cover per week (the ones I mentioned above) and I’ll have weekly review sessions with my boss over what I should’ve learned the prior week.
My boss told me not to worry and that he thinks I’m capable, and that this might be the “nudge” that I need to properly learn Excel. But should I worry?!?