Line managers are responsible for monitoring the work performance and conduct of their staff. In most instances they will be responsible for making the recruitment decision as well.

The use of a probationary period at the start of the employment relationship, and sometimes where there is an internal promotion or transfer, allows the line manager to observe the person's behaviour and work performance before confirming him or her in the post.

There is no legal requirement to operate a probationary period of employment for new employees. Probationary periods are, however, a very useful management tool (if managed properly).

This Guide looks at:

  • the purpose of a probationary period of employment

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