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Change in probation period
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Chrm Message From: bookman Total Posts: 31 Join Date: 28/01/2009
Rank: Executive Post Date: 28/01/2009 08:41:30 Points: 155 Location: India

Greetings to the group members!

My organization is considering a move to reduce the probation period from 1 year to 6 months for all employees across the organization.

I would like to know if there is a specific method / way of doing this. Please let me know of pitfalls / legalities to consider before we implement the change.

Chrm Message From: adroit Total Posts: 22 Join Date: 28/01/2009  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 28/01/2009 08:42:47 Points: 110 Location: India

In regards to the legalities I would like to post a question what country is your located it?

I find no fallacy in moving the probation period from 6 months to 1 year since during the probation period any employee would show his best performance and attitude. 6 months is actually just enough to observe weather he/she has fully gasped the tasked assigned to him.



Chrm Message From: krish_shrikant Total Posts: 7 Join Date: 28/01/2009  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 28/01/2009 08:44:13 Points: 35 Location: India


There is no legality attached to this issue. It is a company decision and the company can reduce the probabtion period from 1 year to 6 months. As a mere fact an employee shall be more comfortable with 6 months. This sends in a feeling of getting employable permanently in a lay man's terminology.

Best Luck.

Krish S

Chrm Message From: craig Total Posts: 37 Join Date: 28/01/2009  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 28/01/2009 08:46:46 Points: 185 Location: India

Hi there,

Probation period in India is not governed in India by Law. However if the existing one year period was fixed after entering into any settlement with the employee unions, then it is necessary to consult them for the change to avoid IR issues.


Chrm Message From: sarahdcruz Total Posts: 14 Join Date: 28/01/2009  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 28/01/2009 08:47:56 Points: 70 Location: India

In my experience there are no pitfalls in doing this. The action is simple, just issue individual letters saying that the period of probation has been reduced.

I would like you however to examine whether your organisation has a robust process of assessing individuals during the probationary period. The probationary period is supposed to be an opportunity to get first hand information on performance, operating styles, attitudes, drive, and initiative, adaptation to organisation context and whatever else the organisation expects from its employees. Often enough the rigor is lacking for a variety of reasons.

Warm Regards,

Sarah Cruz

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