Watch our short video on the probation period for more detail

  • Let your employee know if they’ve passed

  • Take time to review and set new targets

  • Celebrate that they’ve passed their probation period

Picture the scene, you start your new job full of enthusiasm on a six month probation period. You get to month seven, day one and nothing happens.

You just keep turning up for work. You assume everything is OK because you’ve still got a job, but no one has told you that you’ve passed your probation period.

It feels a bit flat, right?

What about scenario two – you start your new job full of enthusiasm on a six month probation, every month you have a short 10-minute sit down with your manager to discuss any areas you still need training on, any targets you’ve been set, and to make sure you have no problems.

A couple of weeks before the end of month six, your manager goes through a short review of your performance, sets some new targets for you, and tells you that you’ve passed your probation period.

The next day you get a nice letter celebrating the fact that you’re now a fully fledged member of the team.

Scenario two definitely sounds better, right?

It may not mean a lot to you as the employer that your employee has passed their probation, but it might mean the world to them, so take the time to tell them they’ve done a good job. After all, if they were doing a bad job, you’d be quick to mention it.

Do you have questions about the probation period?

Give us a call at CUBE HR, we’ll be happy to advise you and we have policies and templates available to meet every HR need.

Why not check out our other blog on the same topic Probation Periods – 3 Things You Need to Know

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