Can you ever imagine HR ever uttering these words, “For the crime of agreeing to work for us, you’re on probation”? Well, it happens every single day. The concept of the employment probation period is a corporate carry-over from days long gone, but it’s time to shut it down.
Before the pro-probation enthusiasts attack, let me be absolutely clear—I get it, hiring the wrong person can be costly, and those costs are climbing. A 90-day employment probation period is a sensible safeguard that ensures a new employee is the right fit, but if she’s not, the manager and employee can just shake hands