Nearly half a century ago the Canadian educator Laurence Peter described what became known as the ‘Peter Principle’. This suggested that managers “rise to their level of incompetence” because they are promoted on the basis of performance in their current role, even if that is not likely to translate to success in the next one.… Read More
Recruitment & Selection: AI, CV’s & Bias
In 2016, Goldman Sachs received approximately 250,000 job applications from students and graduates. That means not only tough competition for the applicants, but a headache for the Goldman Sachs human resources (HR) team. For example, if a team of five HR staff worked 12 hours everyday, including weekends, and spent five minutes on every application,… Read More
Getting Staff Induction Right
You have found the perfect candidate for a position in your business, you offer them the job, they sign the contract, and show up for their first day at work. While you may be keen for them to hit the ground running the moment they arrive at the workplace, it is important to start off… Read More
Employment Interview Questions (For Fitness Businesses)
Introduction An employment interview, whether using a structured or unstructured format, is an important element in the recruitment and selection process – with it usually being the first time you will have met the candidate face-to-face. It is also important to have consistency regarding the questions you ask each candidate so that you can compare… Read More
What Should I Say at an Interview If I Failed My Probation at My Last Job?
Talking about failing a probation period can be difficult and embarrassing, depending on the reason you failed, for example did not like the job versus could not do the job. You will need to be honest, as the employer may state that employment is subject to references, and it is important to note: Be aware… Read More
When an Employee on Probation is Experiencing Difficulties
If the employee is experiencing problems at any stage during their probation period the employer should discuss these with the employee, and not wait until the next scheduled review meeting. The primary purpose of ongoing assessment is to facilitate a sustained improvement in performance of the employee and to ensure that they have had sufficient… Read More
If I Fail My Probation Can I Be Dismissed Without Any Chance to Fight It?
Barring certain exceptions, yes. In order to claim unfair dismissal in terms of performance, an employee must have worked for a certain period of time: Before 06 April 2012: One year. On or after 06 April 2012: Two years. It is only then that an employee is entitled to their main/ordinary unfair dismissal rights. However,… Read More
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