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  • Writer's pictureNairn Fisher

How to conduct workplace trials

Workplace trials are a great tool for evaluating potential employees, but it's important to approach them carefully to ensure they are fair and lawful.

Here are some important factors to consider during the trial process:

  • The business can’t benefit financially - don’t get a person to do work one of your paid employees would typically do, e.g. serve paying customers.

  • Don’t pay the person - trials are voluntary and only for assessment purposes.

  • Keep it short - the longer a trial goes on, the more it could appear like actual employment.

  • Define the terms in writing - documenting the details of the trial will ensure both parties clearly understand what is involved and expected.

This article by MyHR explores the use of workplace trials and ways to approach them safely and fairly.

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