Probationary periods are widely used by employers and are often included in new employees’ contracts of employment. Probationary periods impose obligations on the employer to define new employees’ roles fully and provide recent recruits with feedback and support. This is beneficial to both the employer and the new employee.

This topic looks at why organisations should use probationary periods and the benefits that they gain from them, how to manage the process, how to hold an effective review meeting once the initial probationary period has come to an end, and the situations when employers should extend probationary periods.

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