Reasons why new employees fail their probation

When a business takes on a new employee, it’s likely that they’ll have to face a probationary period, where they will have to meet certain targets and conditions if they want to be kept on in their employment.

No one wants their new employees to fail their probation, in fact, any business owner worth their salt will want the best employees possible. The best way to avoid your employees failing their probation is to work out reasons why they might do it, so here are some of the most common:

The job description didn’t fit

It’s unlikely that any employee is going to be suited to a job if you didn’t provide an accurate job description when they started. If your job posting has any differences, big or small, they need to be explained to the candidate, preferably before they even complete an interview.

This could be anything from the experience and qualifications required, to the wage, or the job’s responsibilities. If you fail to communicate these difference, then your candidate is going to be thrown into a role that they’re not properly prepared for and is highly likely to fail their probation.

You hired them too quickly

You may need a new employee quickly, but that is no excuse for cutting corners and rushing through the hiring process. This is a mistake for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, the potential candidate doesn’t learn everything that they need to about the business and the role, so are left unprepared for the position. They also might not have enough time to ask any questions they’d like to about the position.

Secondly, you, as a business owner, won’t have enough time to learn everything that you need to about your candidate. This means that you might offer someone a position in your company, even though they’re not properly qualified, haven’t got great references, or don’t fit into the business’ values.

There was little onboarding

Onboarding is incredibly important for setting up new employees for success. An onboarding programme or employee onboarding software shows an employee how their role fits into the structure of the entire business and helps them to develop a good relationship with their colleagues and coworkers.

Onboarding also shows your new employee why it’s great that they’re working with you, as well as making them feel valued as an employee, and helps to train them up. If you don’t onboard your new employees properly (or at all), they are incredibly likely to fail their probation, if they don’t choose to leave themselves.

You know what they say, if you fail to prepare, then you should prepare to fail. The best way to avoid your employees failing themselves is to take steps to avoid this eventuality.

Therefore, you should ensure that your job descriptions always properly fit the role you are offering, take your time during the hiring process, and ensure that they are properly onboarded, to avoid them failing their probation, or simply leaving the job of their own accord.

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