A probationary period allows both the employee and the employer to ‘test the water’ and to establish whether the right person is in the right job in the right company. Probation reviews are a two-way dialogue and give the employee and employer the opportunity to have a discussion regarding how things are going and whether additional support is required or requested. No employee should be surprised at the outcome of the probationary period, whether that be that they will or will not be confirmed in post. Regular conversations are key to this.

At Absolute Works we suggest a 6 month probationary period to our clients, with the following structure:
– Month 1,3 & 6 – documented on a review record. 
– Before the end of Month 1 there should be a number of informal catch ups to iron out any initial teething problems.

A probationary review form must however be fit for purpose; for the business and for the role.
We can help with devising a probationary review form, manage and advise on the probation process. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team who would be happy to discuss in more detail – 0333 2005153 or make contact by completing our online form here.