Does HR have to be involved in Probation Meetings?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 2 April 2019
Arthur Cox
Arthur Cox
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The purpose of a probationary period is to provide a suitable amount of time for an employer to assess an employee's suitability for their designated role. The length of a probation period will likely depend on the nature and seniority of the role, but a period of 3 – 6 months is commonplace.

It is important to ensure that regular meetings are arranged with the employee during the probation period. The meetings should be a two-way conversation, providing the employee with an opportunity to express any concerns about their role and also for the line manager to:

  • give feedback;
  • identify any necessary improvements; and
  • take steps to assist the employee in meeting any identified improvements.

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Arthur Cox
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