Think of probation as the last part of the examination for your
job. In order to pass this final test, we suggest that you make a
plan for passing probation your first day on the job. Don’t make
the mistake of taking a “wait-and-see” attitude — or by the time
you receive your first probation report, the decision may already
have been made whether you will be accepted or rejected.
Review the suggestions below. Take advantage of your Union’s long
experience. Contact your local workplace steward or the Union
Resource Center at the first hint of a problem:
A common complaint is that employees don’t get the training they
need to be successful in their new positions.
Sit down with your supervisor and describe the training you need
to be successful. Be specific. After the meeting, send your
supervisor a memo or email confirming the discussion you had.
Your training requests can include:
If you receive a negative probationary evaluation, it is
absolutely essential that you write a Letter of Rebuttal within
two weeks of receiving the negative report. If you end up being
rejected on probation and file an appeal, a good record of your
prompt attempts to address concerns and plans to correct
deficiencies will assist you at the State Personnel Board.
You must know what your duties are if you’re going to carry them
That’s why, if you haven’t been given a duty statement, ask for
one right away. Our contract (Article 14.4) provides that you
must be given a current duty statement within 15 calendar days of
Congratulations! You passed the first two parts of this process -
the state civil service exam and the interview. Now you’ve got
one more test in front of you – the probationary period – to find
out if you can actually do the work.