Managing employees is all about relationships and poor, inadequate or under-performance is usually a symptom rather than a diagnosis. Meaning it is the starting point, not the end point for most managers who don’t want to find themselves embroiled in costly legal conflict with their employee. The relationship established with an employee, the communication engaged in and importantly the presence of trust is often important to a managers/ supervisors likely success in performance management.
As the employer it is up to you to set out:
the performance standard expectations of your employees consistently and professionally
to monitor achievement of these standards consistently and professionally
to engage an employee in continuous supervision and feedback around where they are failing, meeting or exceeding performance expectations.
to establish trust by building understanding of expectations, processes relating to performance management as a day to day process
to establish trust that all employment related matters will be dealt with professionally, ethically and confidentially
Despite a practice’s and their employees efforts to remediate performance issues sometimes an employee is simply not able to meet the standard expected. In this instance you may wish to consider terminating their employment on the basis that they have not passed their probation period.
Identifying and supporting GP registrars at risk guide
This guide contains practical tips, information and resources to support the GP supervisor and the team.
Template: Performance Management Discussion
Questions to stimulate the performance management and pastoral care discussion with your Registrar. Record answers as you go into the document.
Template: Supervisor-Registrar Discussion Record
If you identify a GP Registrar At Risk, this template can be used to record the discussion and plan remedial actions.
Employment probation periods
An organisation with more than 15 employees has up to 6 months probation period in which they can lawfully terminate an employee’s contract on the basis that an employee has not passed their probation
An organisation with less than 15 employees has up to 12 months probation period in which they can lawfully terminate an employee’s contract on the basis that an employee has not passed their probation
FairWork have a range of resources available to assist you in such circumstances:
In many instances a registrar will be with their training practice for less than 6 months if you are looking to terminate on the basis that performance management of the registrar has been unsuccessful and you have determined that they are not a good fit for your business. You should be careful to read and understand the time requirements to terminate based on failed probation period before making any decisions and use the FairWork templates and information in determining and navigating the most appropriate legal pathway for your business.
There are a range of risks associated with termination that should not be under-estimated and need to be actively managed as a result. Please view our page on Termination for further information and resources to assist you at this difficult time.