Probationary periods

A probationary period can help both the new employee and the employer to focus on what needs to be done to ensure that the employee performs well in the role. The employer should review the employee’s performance throughout the probationary period, identify any improvements necessary and take steps to assist the employee as appropriate.

If, at the end of his or her probationary period, an employee’s performance is satisfactory, the employer should confirm the employee’s employment.

If a probationary employee is not performing satisfactorily, the employer should aim to give him or her time to achieve the required improvement, with adequate support and training. This will usually mean waiting until the end of the probationary period before making a decision to dismiss. The probationary period could also be extended to give the employee more time to improve his or her performance.


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