What's an employee action plan?
An employee action plan describes or maps out the steps that an employee plans to take to achieve a particular goal or objective. It can be incorporated into a performance planning process. For many routine tasks (e.g. answering the phone, processing memos or paperwork), it's probably not necessary.
However, for project oriented objectives, or complex tasks, it's helpful for an employee to create an action plan that contains his actions, the actions of other people that might need to be involved, time lines, etc. Usually, the employee, him or herself creates such an action plan since it's the employee who needs to implement it. Managers, of course, often make suggestions that can be incorporated into the action plan.
The action plan can be used to monitor a project and to ensure it remains on time and on task.