One fifth of new recruits don’t pass their probation or have their probation period extended.  So whilst employees might think that getting a job in the first place is the toughest part, does the real challenge lie in passing the probation period?

Poor performance was the most common reason cited by employers for letting their new recruits go at the end of their probation period according to a recent survey.  Other reasons for failing include absence and poor punctuality.

However, it’s not all down to the employer for one in five not making the grade; employees are leaving because either the job wasn’t as expected, they found a better role or didn’t like the company culture.

In addition, personality clashes were given as the reason employees fail their probation, with one in ten saying that an argument caused their new role to come to an untimely end.  Perhaps it’s not surprising then to understand that further survey findings revealed that half of all new employees feel insecure during their probation and 38% feel anxious!

When the average cost of finding a replacement is up to 150% of their annual salary, it’s in your interest to get it right first time round.  Not passing probation is not only costly but impacts the existing team who have spent time inducting new people.

When it’s so key to make the probationary period a successful one, what positive steps can you put in place?

Inductions and on boarding

Induction sessions are the perfect opportunity to take new starters through what makes the company unique and a great place to work.  Giving a clear overview of what you are all about, and what you expect from your new recruit are essential to make a great first impression.

Training and support

Offering training and support from day one sets the tone for the employee and will confirm to him or her that they made a good choice to join.

Check in regularly

As we’ve already seen, half of all new recruits are nervous during their probation period and nearly as many feel anxious.  By having regular updates with your employee to listen to their feedback and concerns will go a very long way to gaining trust and building long lasting relationships.

If you’d like more tips on employee onboarding, take a look at our blog here

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