Probationary, introductory, qualifying or whatever you call it (I had one company call it "comfort time," yes that was in California) periods in private companies, outside the state of Montana, serve no useful business of legal purpose!
HR used to tell management that “attitude” was too subjective and could not be defended as a legitimate cause to hire or fire. Yet what should be done with applicants who look good on paper but are terse, distracted and just plain miserable during the interview? If current employees are constantly complaining, whining or overly emotional the only option is to wait until performance falls below minimum expectations?
Your employees are representative of what you have invested in them. If you invest quality time and attention in your employees, they'll be more likely to favor you with a longer stay in your company!
They should have added… and it’s not going to be easy. This was not just a recession for most employers. This was a re-set. When times got tough they realized they had carried way too many employees that were not a “good match” for their company. These employees then found themselves unemployed.