Mastering the Role: The First Six Months

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During the first six months, you should be clear and consistent about what is expected and how performance is measured so there is no guesswork as to where your new employee should focus his/her efforts. Ongoing feedback and training will support your new employee in becoming a valued member of your department.

Many career employees serve a probationary period during their first six months of employment. If you are unsure about the probationary period for a new career employee, contact Employee Relations. The probationary period should be used to ensure that your new employee is qualified to perform the job and achieve regular status.

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