Monitoring New Employees’ Progress

January 23, 2019 9:55 am

Taking on new employees is always a relatively complex task – whether they are the first employees that your small business has ever taken on, or whether they are a new set of employees to fill newly opened positions and opportunities each time your business grows and expands. Each time you take on new staff, you need to make sure that they are performing to your expected standards and that they are definitely an asset to your company. But how can you do this? Well, the key is to monitor their progress!

Set a Probation Period

A probation period is essentially a “trial period” for your employees. It gives you a reasonable amount of time to determine whether they are right for your company or not. Most employers set a probation period at six months. You will need to inform new starters that they will have a probation period and explain what is expected of them during this time – let them know what they have to do to prove themselves! This could include factors such as attendance, punctuality, and reaching set goals or targets.


If you find that a new employee isn’t performing to expected standards throughout their probation period, you may find that you want to dismiss them at the end and search for a new employee to fill the position. However, you do need to make sure that your decision is fair and that you have the legal grounds to dismiss this worker. You can determine this through legal help. Take a look at the short infographic by national commercial law firm Harper James below to learn a little more on the subject of dismissal.

Infographic Design By national commercial law firm Harper James

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