What should you do if you have a new team member on probation and they are either on furlough completely, or working from home?
Is it possible to make a decision about whether to pass probation or not in such difficult circumstances?
Homeworking should not prevent you from assessing performance in the usual way. Make sure that you set clear objectives for the probationary period (and beyond) and that the right support is in place to ensure effective induction and support during the first few months. If these elements have been lacking it may be worth extending the probationary period if the contract allows this.
If the individual is on furlough, then you should also consider extending the probationary period.
In both scenarios it’s crucial to emphasise that this is not a negative thing – you have not been able to provide the usual induction and support during the probationary period, and you want to ensure the employee has a good opportunity to perform well and to give evidence of good performance. So the extension is not a negative thing, it is for the benefit of both parties.
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