Assessment of Support Services Available for Staff on Probation in University of Education, Winneba

Abstract

For staff on probation to be effective and efficient, they need to be properly supported in their line of duty.  Planned and systematic probation periods are usually used by organizations to increase commitment and maximize employee contribution as quickly as possible.  Another importance of the probation is to give newly appointed employees sufficient support and guidance to enable them become effective and efficient members of staff.  Despite these, it seems support services available to staff on probation in the University of Education, Winneba are not adequate. This study adds to the existing knowledge focusing on the special case of the University of Education, Winneba.  Data was collected by administering questionnaire.  The study targeted all senior members and senior staff of the Winneba and Ajumako campuses of the University of Education, Winneba who were on probation or had just been confirmed with a sample size of fifty (50).  Data collected was analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS).  The study revealed that most  newly appointed staff were not satisfied with the support services available for their probation; due to inadequate orientation given, lack of regular feedback on performance and absence of socializing activities.  The study recommended that the University of Education, Winneba should institutionalize support services by having a comprehensive guide to manage probation periods to monitor and ensure  easy integration of all staff.

Keywords: Induction, Training, orientation, probation periods


Article Review Status: Published

Pages: 27-37 (Download PDF)

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