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A guide to the Probation Period

Getting the best from a Probation Period for new & existing employees

In this episode 188 of the podcast I bring you a detailed account of the probation period at the start of employment or the start of a new job role. Probation periods are something that most employers use but rarely utilise in the correct manner.

In this episode of the podcast I cover:

  • What a probation period is.
  • Why you should have a probation period.
  • What is the purpose of a probation period.
  • When not to bother with a probation period.
  • How it will set up the tone of the relationship between you and the employee for the future.
  • What to do if you need to extend the probation period.
  • What to do if you need to terminate someones employment during or at the end of the probation period.
  • How to deal with a probation period for an existing employee starting a new role.
  • The importance of good record keeping.
  • Why communication is the key to a good start to the employment relationship.

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The information contained in this Podcast and post is provided for guidance and is a snapshot of the law at the time. It is provided for your information only and should not be used as a substitute for obtaining legal advice that it specific to your particular circumstances.

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