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Probationary Periods - Supervisor Briefing

Author: Cheryl Lipton, The GhostWriters, Ltd.

A probationary period may be used by an organization at the onset of an employee's tenure in a particular position to ensure a good fit within the organization. The period may be used in conjunction with the organization's overall performance and talent management processes to ensure the retention of adequately skilled talent.

The probationary periods discussed in this Supervisor Briefing are not disciplinary in nature.

This Supervisor Briefing examines the laws and best practices for managing probationary periods, as follows:

  1. General Guidelines
  2. The Employee Handbook
  3. Tips for an Effective Probationary Period
  4. Managing Problems
  5. Unionized Employees
  6. Managing the End of the Probationary Period
  7. Following a Checklist
  8. Test Yourself