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  1. Hi all, question for the HR experts... I've ended my probation period with a large, benevolent organisation - the manager has sent me a formal invitation to a Performance Review meeting, in which he's explicitly stated that "Failure to meet company standards could result in termination.." etc, as well as reeling off a list of concerns. He also gave a couple of weeks notice of the meeting. So from an HR perspective he followed the Perf Review template exactly. Now, I've had a search around and haven't found any instances of people having formal invitations, AND HR were present, AN
  2. Recently employed on a three month probation contract in an industry I had not previously worked in. My employer recruited me based upon my skills and achievements at a far larger organisation with the intention of modernising their working practices. On my first day of working I had my role & responsibilities but received no targets, objectives, training or guidance and was told "off you go". Due to the small size and skills of the workforce obtaining information became difficult but I managed to understand the business set-up and started collating information, comple
  3. Hello i was recently let go from my position as an ICT technician, a role which i have done succesfully for the last 17 years. I started the new job in June this year, leaving a job which i loved but wasnt well payed. At the end of August i was called into head office for a meeting about my 3 month probabtion which was coming to an end. In the meeting i was told that i had not performed as well as they had hope and would not be continuing to employ me and that he was taking advice from an external company (who incidentally were coming in and starting to look after the IT at the start
  4. Hi I really hope someone can advise me because I am so worried and stressed out. I have worked for a company for 4 years, but for the first 3 years with an in house agency, and almost a year ago I was given a contract, with 2 YEARS probation period. Which is apparently standard for this company. I was off sick in Oct last year due to flu. I am off sick again now due to severe stomach problems that I would rather not go into but my doctor has signed me off work for 2 weeks. I am on annual leave at the beginning of next week for 2 weeks. All being well I am due to go back to wor
  5. Hi All, I work full time I recently finished my probation period. My line manager is inept and did not carry out any probation meetings at all, even though company policy states they must carry out 3 meetings, at certain weeks during the 26 weeks' period. I wasn't asked to complete or sign any forms. The manager didn't complete any forms, though he was supposed to, supposed to sign them, get me to sign them, get the senior manager to sign them, and send them to HR. The manager didn't carry out an induction or any training with me,
  6. I have a query about probation periods. I started employment 10 month ago and was told the first 6 months are my probation period then I have to get signed off. I have still not had letter of confirmation that I have been signed off. Contacted HR and they said that they are waiting on signed probation form from my boss before I can access company benefits etc. My boss has contacted me once over this but did not reply to my email about a meeting. Where do i legally stand in this case? HR said there was no black marks against my name and no reason I should have failed my probation period. Also
  7. Hi I am having an issue with my current employer, I have received a letter inviting me to a meeting to assess whether my probation period is going to be terminated or extended on the basis of sales targets that have not been met . This meeting is to take place AFTER my probation period has ended? Can they do this, does this not mean that the probation period has ended and they therefore have to give me 4 weeks notice and can no longer extend the period? My contract says that they can extend my probation period but nowhere does it mention meeting any sales targets? Thanks for your
  8. hi there i was seeing a probation officer this week and he was filling out some forms and i was asked if i knew my partners children dob and surnames etc, i told him he should contact and ask my partner first as it was her children and she would could tell him,he roughly filled out there names and put what he thought was there age, i told him again he shouldn't be doing that, i told my partner when i got home and she is furious as she has told them to there face not to contact her. Did he break the data act. many thanks leon
  9. Hi all! I have an employment issue I would need some advice on. I am an experienced architect in London. Several weeks ago I was approached by an recruitment agency on behalf of a small developer in North London who was looking for a senior technical architect. Since I was not happy with my employment at that time I agreed to an interview with the developer. The interview went very well and after one week the developer wanted to meet me again for a second interview. The next day the recruitment agent on behalf of the developer made me an offer with a very attractive pay package and 3
  10. hello everyone. I started a new job a few months ago (service technician). my contract states that I must repay all costs of training including any wages paid and expenses. the first three months were a trial/ probationary period. on my fist week they asked me if I would like to go on a manufacturer specific 3 day course. I said (I have the email) that this course would not be of any benefit to the company and I didn't want to do it. they said they wanted me to do it so I did. anyway within the three month period I decided to leave as I didn't like the job. my notice per
  11. A friend has been told if he doesn't his a sales target by tomorrow, he will be sack. Was said verbally in one-to-one meeting with his manager. He started in mid December on 3 months probation, then moved roles (a promotion but no new contract) and had his probation extended to 6 months in total. He has now been there 6 1/2 months but hasn't passed probation. According to contract, probation is up to a maximum of 6 months. If/when he is sacked on Friday, is in one week's pay (as per probation) or 1 month due to being there past maximum probation period?
  12. hi all, i've been at my current work just over since months now, when i started i was on a 3 month probation period with a possibility to increase to 6 months. towards the end of the 3 months they notified me that they would be extending this to 6 months which would take it up until 6th june, which i was unhappy with, during this period i had meetings every 2 weeks or so. a few weeks ago i was told that they were unsatisfied and would be monitoring me over the next 2 weeks and then deciding and giving me a weeks notice if they were still unhappy (contract states they can let me go any
  13. Back in Nov 2013 I was put at risk of redundancy and had 3 months for the final decision. I've worked for the company over 2 1/2 years and was very successful.. Anyway I was offered a position with in the company on a trial period/probation of 3 months which was up on May23rd. Well today 4 June I was informed that it's been extended one month 23rd of June ... I've not been giving the reason why it's been extended still wait to find out why Can this be done / is it expectable business conduct ... Thanks
  14. Hello I have had teh bad news today at work - 'you are dismissed as you are not a fair fit for this job'' i started this job last month, 5 weeks in job and today i had a performance review where i was told that i m not capable of doing the job and i should gather my belongings and go home, they are obliged to give me a weeks notice but they dont want me to work it and i can go hand all teh company belongings and leave !! just like that my job ended today now i m stressed needless to say - 5 years of employment history ruined coz i have got the ''dismissed mark on my cred
  15. Hi, need bit advice if possible please, as most of you know I started a new job on 12/8/2013 after being unemployed for nearly 2 years. I am a delivery driver with a well known cash and carry company, well of course most jobs give you a probation period,mine is 3 months. Well everything seems to have been going well and have had good customer feedback until recently when we had a lot of managers form other branches suddenly appearing on the scene, I just carried on with my job as normal but one of the managers seems to have it in for me for some reason and keeps questioning me over things like
  16. Hi I started a new job at the beginning of october. The day before starting I broke my wrist. However, I've been able to do my job and as far as I know there were no issues with my performance. Last week, the day after I had my splint removed I was asked to lift heavy boxes (not usually part of my job) and shortly after my wrist and hand became sore and started to swell. Few days later it was so swollen I couldn't dress and now have to keep it raised. Was off work for three days last week after being advised complete rest for it and having it raised to reduce swelling and had hoped to ret
  17. Looking for a little advice. First post, but this has been playing on my mind for a few days. Story. Got a perm job through an agency. Not a bad number. Job was sold as accountant PLUS review and improvement duties. The team i joined, long standing small team been there for between 15 - 6 years. I am the first new person for all that time. One line manager. One Director. Director wants improvement, that why i was picked, he calls staff meeting to tell everyone. Line manager does not, and states that his way is perfect and i must not attempt to do what employed to d
  18. Hi, I was employed in the UK to start work on the 29th April 2013, my probation was 4 months which therefore expired end of August. I have not had any communication as to whether i have passed or it has been extended. Can i presume i have passed? i have brought this up with my manager but they said HR seem to believe it was 6 months but that he would confirm. Again none of this was put in writing. i have a contract and offer letter both stating it was 4 months, which has been recognised by my manager but they said they will confirm. However its been 2 weeks, im chasing and yet no wor
  19. Hi, I will try and keep this as short as possible. I recently undertook a role at a business as a senior case manager and was put on a probation of 26 weeks and in the first couple of weeks was given some serious and time-tight targets to hit with end dates, in some cases I have not been able to meet those targets due to the fact that case work from other members of staff have not been handed over (in one instance, 4 weeks after my deadline date to have delivered that target and what I was given was incomplete) The office is a shambles with no/little procedures in place and docu
  20. I've been working for my company for almost 4 months and my probationary period is for 6 months. I know I have been doing a good job as the Marketing Manager as I've managed to increase the Facebook likes from 4000 to 9000 in the time I've been there, by merging the Facebook profile with the page which ultimately attracted more visitors. Our annual show managed to sell more tickets than it has in past years with less performances. I've managed to build two partnerships with other local companies where we will be advertising them and they will advertise us free of charge. I've als
  21. Hi All I am three months into my six month probation period. After three months of absolute positive feedback and being told they were satisfied they had made the right decision when employing me, my manager now tells me I have been a huge negative influence on the team since the moment I started. I'm convinced this is the start of them trying to a find a way of letting me go after my probation period ends. The manager has only been in the team for two weeks and the previous manager is his wife, who is now his deputy (which is the first problem). His wife was the one giving me con
  22. My partner has received a memo from HR saying he is to attend an Review of Probationary Period of Employment, which started on 27/02/12 for 6 months. He had an interview in september with his immediate manager, and was given a letter dated 07/09/2012confirming the 'desired level of competency' and his employment was confirmed with an increase in pay from 01/09/2012. With the memo received on the 9/11/12 was a printout of 8 weeks of tachograph readings, along with a report from another manager complaining about his 'laid back attitude' and the fact that his is the slowest driver.
  23. Hello, wonder if you can help me. I am looking to hand my resignation in this week, but am unsure if i'm still on my probation period. My contract states my notice period is 1 week up to 12 weeks employe-ed (or until satisfactory completion of probation) and there after 1 month. I have been employed there for 14 weeks but have not been notified if I have passed my probation. I have to tell my new employers when I can start. Could any one shine any light on my probation period would be either one week or one month. Thank you.
  24. Hi All, I have recently taken on a new member of staff as my assistant manager and she is on a 13 week probation period. I have grave concerns regarding her commitment and have discovered that she has been working elsewhere while supposedly being off sick for the last few days. Her absence has caused major upheaval for myself and the rest of the team and now I feel any trust or confidence I had in her has been broken. I do not want to waste any more time on training etc for someone who is clearly going to be unsuitable. Can I dismiss her for those reasons and would she have any legal reco
  25. Hello, I would like some advice please on my current employment situation. In May this year I left my previous business where I have functioned for 10 years to commence in a senior management role within a much smaller supplier operating at their Head Office The terms of my contract consisted of 3 months probation commencing 21st May 2012. Unfortunately my father passed away on the 7th July and I spent 5 working days on compassionate leave. Following this my line manager took vacation amounting in total to three weeks. Upon her return to the business in August I enquired about my co
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