We see the probation period as a valuable tool to allow both Alasco and our employees to evaluate the great fit’ from the recruiting process. HRZone perfectly describes probation periods as a process “designed to give managers and employees a way to terminate the arrangement more easily should the employment not work out as expected”*.
As mentioned above, the article focuses on the formal process set in place for our people manager. Of course, it is also possible for our employees to go through the same process for themselves, to keep their supervisor in the loop on their well-being at Alasco.
Starting during the first weeks, every employee (FTEs, as well as interns and working students) has weekly or bi-weekly meetings with their respective supervisor. During these 30 minute sessions topics such as performance or personal and professional development are discussed. If any issues already exist, the supervisor or the employee can already indicate that the employment will not be prolonged after the probation period. For example, an employee could indicate that he/she does not feel comfortable in their team or that their work is not what they had been promised. The 1:1 meetings are the perfect opportunity to talk about concerns (or about positive highlights) in an easy and relaxed setting.
Three months after the probation period, the supervisor is required to hold a probation period review. In preparation for the review, the following questions should answer our checklist.
No matter what the outcome is, we urge the supervisor to transparently talk to their employee. In case of an unsatisfactory performance, we suggest the following:
One month before the end of the probation period, a decision is made whether the probation period was successful and the contract should continue.
If an employee’s performance is satisfactory, we suggest to openly discuss their performance in a feedback session and to celebrate your good work and collaboration!
We value open and transparent communication and think that employees, as well as we as an employer, deserve honest feedback - positive as well as negative. Nobody is perfect and problems arise in every organization and in every team. Having a process in place that allows early indication of possible problems thus giving us the opportunity to react before a situation can get worse or make an employee feel uncomfortable.
Moreover, the process is a reminder to take time during our daily business to really work on employer-employee relationships and to include people outside of your team to guarantee an objective evaluation.