We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Employee Probation?

Mary McMahon
By
Updated Jan 26, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Employee probation is a period of time when an employee will be carefully scrutinized to determine if that person should continue to remain with the company. There are two forms, new employee probation and disciplinary probation. In both cases, the terms must be clearly communicated to the employee so she understands why a period of probation is being instituted and what kind of things the company will use during an evaluation. Employee handbooks usually provide this information and employees may be required to sign a document indicating their understanding and acceptance of the terms.

In the case of new employee probation, people who are new to the company may be accepted on a trial basis for varying lengths of time, from two weeks to several months. During this period, the employee is trained, gets to know people at the company, and gets an understanding of the job. Either party can decide to terminate employment with no hard feelings at the end of the probation period, for reasons ranging from a realization that the job isn't what was expected to concerns about an employee's ability to do a job correctly. Release after new employee probation does not create a black mark on someone's employment record, but merely reflects the fact that a job did not work out.

As a disciplinary tool, employee probation is more serious. Employees are usually given verbal and written warnings first, clearly identifying the problem and providing information about how to address it. If the employee doesn't respond or performance doesn't improve, the employee can be placed on probation. During the probation period, the employee is monitored for signs of improvement. People may be asked to complete certain tasks, such as taking a sexual harassment awareness course, with the goal of modifying their behavior.

If the employee continues to experience problems during this disciplinary period, the company can provide warnings or decide to release him. At the end of the probation, the employee has a meeting with a supervisor, who provides information about whether he will continue with the company, and why. Supervisors may also develop action plans to help employees avoid going on probation again, such as creating a checklist for future employee reviews that the employee and supervisor can use to assess the employee's job performance and behavior as objectively as possible.

There are usually legal protections in place to prevent wrongful dismissal. For this reason, companies are very careful when they place employees on probation to provide warnings and clear direction about why the employee is being disciplined. The employer must also show employees what they need to do in order to improve and be allowed off probation. Failure to provide employees with this information can result in a lawsuit in the future.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a WiseGeek researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments
Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a...

Learn more
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.