How long should my new employee’s probation period be?
Now she wants to know from our experts how long she should put the new hire on probation to assess his performance.
Read on to find out the answer so you can get the most from the probation period.
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The A-Z of legal recruitment
- Did you know there are 11 legal requirements for recruitment?
- Do you know how the Employment Equity Act affects your job advertisement?
- Do you know what checks you can legally conduct on an applicant?
- Are you sure your employment contract includes the 16 clauses the law says you must have?
If you don’t have all of these aspects correct, you’ll be on the wrong side of the law when it comes to your recruitment process.
Here’s how long to put an new hire on probation
Generally, probation periods vary between three and six months. And it’s best you decide the period in advance.
As experts behind the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management explain, the probation period will vary from case to case and may be longer in the case of more skilled work.
They recommend you take the following factors into account when determining the length of the probation period:
- Your employee’s job description;
- The anticipated workflow during the probation period;
- Your employee’s past experience; and
- Any formal training you’ll give your new hire, etc.
It’s that simple.
Remember, it’s against the law to abuse probation periods
You mustn’t use probation periods to deprive your employee of the status of permanent employment. If you cross the line, you’ll be guilty of unfair labour practice.
An employee on probation is no different from a longer serving employee. You must treat him in a legal manner too.
Now that you know about the duration of a probation period, check out the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management to discover what you need to do during your employee’s probation period so he can succeed.
Just like the employer mentioned above did, you can also ask our experts at the Labour & HR Club anything you need to know about probation periods.
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