Em­ploy­ers sup­port 90-day trial pe­ri­ods


A na­tion­wide sur­vey of busi­nesses and em­ploy­ers found that 90-day trial pe­ri­ods give busi­ness the con­fi­dence to take on staff they oth­er­wise would not have.

The sur­vey was a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort by the Em­ploy­ers and Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Otago South­land Em­ploy­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Busi­ness Cen­tral, Welling­ton Cham­ber of Com­merce and Canterbury Em­ploy­ers’ Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Almost 1000 busi­nesses re­sponded, with 77 per cent say­ing the 90-day trial was an im­por­tant part of their de­ci­sion­mak­ing to en­gage a new em­ployee.

The ma­jor­ity of com­pa­nies (90 per cent) said they had kept em­ploy­ees on after the trial pe­riod had fin­ished. They went on to say that 94 per cent of em­ploy­ees em­ployed un­der the 90-day trial pe­riod re­mained with them for longer than 12 to 18 months.

The main rea­sons cited for us­ing a 90-day trial pe­riod were to see if the em­ployee was ca­pa­ble of per­form­ing the role, to see how they would fit into the work­place, the em­ployer wanted to give them a go and give the new em­ployee time to learn the job.

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