Small businesses need to make the most of probation periods for new staff. Nearly a fifth of new recruits don’t pass their probation first time, new research out today has shown.

Poor performance was the most common reason to let a new employee go (cited by 62% of employers) followed by absence (50%) and poor punctuality (38%)

In a minority of cases, it seems pretty clear that employer and employee aren’t getting on. The survey of managers and employees, by recruiter Spring Personnel, found 12% of probationers were not passed because of personality clashes or arguments.

More than a fifth of probationers admitted they made more effort with their work during the trial period than when their role has been permanently confirmed.

Alex Fleming, managing director at Spring Personnel, said: “As more people are findings roles in the current economy, you still need to be thinking about your performance when you start the job. Getting a job may be the easy bit – the real challenge is passing your probation.

“Likewise, companies need to be very thorough in their interview process as this number of people not passing probation can be costly and impacts the existing team who have spent time inducting new people.”

The citrusHR guide to managing probationary periods has been put together to help small businesses through what is a vital time in the lifecycle of a new employee. citrusHR subscribers can access it under Management Guides.

 

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