Thrive beyond your probationary period, by making a good first impression and continuing to demonstrate your interest and commitment to your new job, workplace and colleagues.

How to keep your job

Getting the job is a big step on the journey to sustainable, enjoyable employment. However, many jobs now come with a probationary period which can extend from 30 days up to 6 months. This means that until your probationary period has ended, you cannot have complete security in your new role.

That’s why it’s crucial that you make a great first impression and to continue to uphold it, along with your commitment to your new job, workplace and colleagues.

Tips for your first day

Your first day is arguably one of the most important days in your new role. It will define your employer’s and colleague’s initial impressions of you, as well as set the tone for your time with the organisation.

On your first day, it’s important to:

  • Review any information you have been given about the company and role ahead of time so that you can hit the ground running.
  • Plan your journey to work in advance and leave plenty of time just in case you get lost or held up.
  • Always have a contact number on you so you can phone ahead if you do get delayed for any reason.
  • Ensure you are dressing correctly and adhering to the company’s dress codes and/or uniform policy.
  • Get to know your colleagues as much as possible, especially those you will be working with directly, and your boss.
  • Make sure you know who you should go to with any questions or queries.
  • Find out about arrangements for taking breaks and lunch.

Make it through your probationary period

Most employment contracts include a probationary period, usually between 30 days and 6 months. Throughout this period, your employer and other colleagues may be keeping a close eye on your progress and development in the workplace and new role.

To continue to make a good impression, you should:

  • Be on time every day.
  • Dress appropriately for your workplace.
  • Keep focused.
  • Save personal communication for designated break times.
  • Ask and write down key information.
  • Introduce yourself to new colleagues.
  • Follow procedure regarding leave and time off.

Still concerned about keeping your job?

For more information on keeping your job, and passing probation, contact your Employment Plus Consultant.