The probationary period is the final phase in the examination process. The purpose of the probationary period is to allow the employer to make a determination regarding the employee’s ability to perform at a satisfactory level in all aspects of the job and to conform to acceptable norms of conduct.
It is important to provide employees who are in their probationary period with training, guidance, and counseling to assist them in reaching and maintaining a successful level of performance. It is also important to closely monitor the performance and conduct of probationary employees so that a determination can be made regarding conversion to permanent status.
It is especially important for the supervisor to regularly meet with a probationary employee, ideally on a weekly or at least biweekly basis, for supervision. This gives both the supervisor and employee an opportunity to discuss the employee’s work performance/conduct.