Probation in the workplace refers to testing out a potential job candidate for a position before giving him or her the full status of “employee.” Probationary periods allow employers to see how well someone actually works on the job, and various aspects of the worker’s personality can be observed, including his or her reliability and honesty. The employer decides how long the period will last although usually it is only a month or so. Typically, at the end of the probation, the employee receives a modest raise in wages and may finally be eligible to take advantage of any benefits the company provides.
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