Purpose of a Probationary Period
The probationary period is a time for evaluating the performance of an employee who has not attained regular status in that class. It is an opportunity for the employee to demonstrate the required knowledge, competencies, and results necessary to be successful in the position. Supervisors are responsible for developing and communicating performance standards and expectations, and working closely with employees during this period to help them succeed in their new roles. Therefore, supervisors should meet frequently with employees to formally discuss performance as it relates to the established performance standards and expectations.