In the context of a business, a probationary period is a specified amount of time during which the performance of an employee who has been recently hired, transferred or promoted to a new position is evaluated by supervisorial staff. The length of this period is told to the new employees in advance of coming in to work, and it typically lasts anywhere from 30 to 90 days. Though the term may sound somewhat sinister, it is a standard procedure for just about every company so that supervisors can oversee the employee’s work, offer any advice to increase his or her effectiveness, or dismiss the person entirely.
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