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John Lewis trials new probation period for partners

John Lewis Partnership is trialling the introduction of a three-month trial period for new members of staff as it explores how to increase productivity levels.

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Staff will continue to automatically become partners upon joining and they will still be eligible for the bonus scheme. However, a “meaningful” probationary period will measure their commitment to the partnership and their levels of engagement and productivity.

The probationary period can be extended for a month – or three months for senior partners – if there are any concerns.

It is being trialled in six John Lewis stores, three Waitrose supermarkets and across the partnership’s contact centres, as well as some of its head office sites. If successful, it will be rolled out across the UK.

It is understood the pilot is part of JLP’s wider plans to increase staff productivity following the introduction of the national living wage in April.

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