Career Advice

Tips for Surviving a Probationary Period at Work

Hire Local 24 September, 2018

Most employers have a probationary period during which they and the employee analyze the business relationship to see if it's a good fit. The probationary period may last anywhere from 30 days to 90 days and is usually the latter. The following are a few tips to help you "pass the test".

Do not Miss Work

One of the quickest ways to fail a probationary period is to miss work. You can request time off or ask your supervisor to work with your schedule, but you cannot call out or be late during this time. Things happen. You can't do anything about an emergency, but perhaps you should pray you don't have one.

Do not Rock the Boat

Conflict, drama, and chaos are elements that people do not need in the workplace. Do not bring them there. If they are already there, you must develop a strategy that will enable you to navigate your job without getting involved in them.

Do Express Your Interests

Let your employer know your aspirations and desires. For example, tell someone right away if you want to advance to management, or if you'd rather work the morning shift than the closing shift and so forth.

Do Work to Impress

Work as hard as you can every moment you can. Show the employer why you're an asset to the company so that they can help you develop and move on to a higher position within the company.

Show That You Care

If you want your employer to care, you will have to care, as well. Show them you care about the job by showing up on time and doing everything you know is right. Good things will come to you because of it.

Those are just a few things you can use to ensure that you pass the initial phase of work. Hopefully, you'll have a long-lasting relationship with the employer.