Period of Notice during Probation

It is a fairly common practice for contracts of employment to have an increasing amount of notice based on length of service. However, for probation periods it is usually one week or month. The contract of employment should state what the notice periods are. In general, the period of notice should be equal between the… Read More


What is the Purpose of a Probation Period?

There are a variety of different viewpoints regarding the purpose of a probation period, but they ultimately seek the same outcome – an employee who is capable of doing the job/role. “Employers use trial periods to address risk when hiring” (Houghton, 2012, p.iv). “The probationary period can be valued as the most valid determinant of… Read More

What If There Is No Probation Period?

As previously discussed, a probation period enables an employer to terminate the contract of an employee who is not performing to the expected standard within their new job/role or is otherwise deemed not suitable for the particular job/role. Whether or not this empowers employers to abuse their employees by, without warning, terminating their contract before… Read More

Promotion and Probation Periods

For employees who are promoted, the general principles outlined in the main article (below) should be followed, with the major difference being the outcome for failing the probation period. The employer should make it clear, either verbally or in writing, what the consequence(s) of failing the probation period are prior to the employee accepting the… Read More

What is a Probation Period?

There are different ways to define a probation period, for example: A probation period is a specific period of time for both the employee and employer to assess suitability of the job/role after having first-hand experience. A probation period gives the employer some time to make sure that the selection they made for their vacancy… Read More

Job Probation: Article 2

Another article on probation, which compliments issues identified in yesterday’s article. By Grace Lewis (People Management Magazine): Does Probation Pass the Test?: Critics question usefulness of settling-in periods for new staff A period of probation for new employees is a long-established tool for organisations to gauge their performance and cultural fit. But a survey from Spring… Read More

Job Probations: Any Good?

An article by PM Editorial (People Management Magazine): ‘Personality clashes’ scupper career chances for at least one in 10 new hires Nearly a fifth of new recruits (18 per cent) don’t pass their probation or have the period extended by their employer, research has found. The survey of managers and employees, by recruiter Spring Personnel, showed that… Read More