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What Employers Should Know About References & Probationary Periods

Two recent surveys have highlighted the risk of candidates providing fake references and the fact that a large number of staff fail their probationary periods. This suggests that employers may need to review their procedures for checking references and for assessing probationary periods.

The Federation of Small Businesses and BBC1's Fake Britain worked together on a survey of 1,800 small firms and found that nearly one in five (17%) had discovered candidates with fraudulent reference - FSB Article.  

According to an article in The Telegraph, another recent survey by Spring Personnel has found that almost one in five new employees fail to get past their probationary period or have their time on trial extended.  Poor performance and absence were the most common reasons for a failure to pass - Telegraph Article.

EmployEasily HR have a range of materials to help Employers including:

  1. A Recruitment Checklist
  2. A set of competency based interview questions with scoring matrix
  3. Standard Employee Reference Document

EmployEasily HR can of course also advise Employers who are considering recruiting new staff and provide offer letters, contracts of employment and associated policies and procedures either on a stand alone basis or as part of a wider staff handbook document.

If you would like to obtain of the documents noted above or would like support for your next recruitment drive or would simply like to audit your existing arrangements Contact Us today for a free, no obligation consultation.




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