How to succeed in your probation period

Starting a new job can be an exciting yet challenging period. You’ve aced the interview, landed the job and are probably eager to get stuck in to your new role.

But, throughout this period it’s important to be on the top of your game and stay alert to how you’re being perceived by your colleagues. After all, you want to avoid any unexpected feedback at the end of your probation.

A probation period can feel a bit like walking across a tightrope; after all, not many people feel 100% comfortable walking into the unknown.

But, by following the below advice, you’ll get through the probation period a little more comfortably and hopefully receive a positive result at the end!

Here are four key areas to focus on during your probation period.

Honesty is the best policy

When starting a new job, it’s only natural to want to impress your colleagues. However, leaving issues to manifest could lead to an unpleasant appraisal and the possibility of not being kept on.

It’s important to be open and speak up if you don’t understand something so that a resolution can be found quickly. A good employer will value an employee who asks questions and shows a willingness to learn, over an employee who is afraid to ask questions and makes frequent mistakes.

Moreover, if you do end up making a mistake whilst you’re in your probation period, honesty is the best policy.

By acknowledging your mistake, you’ll be demonstrating a responsibility for your own actions, which is a valuable trait for any employee to have. You’ll also be able to bounce back in no time at all.

Good vibes only

The better you get on with the people around you, the more likely you’ll be kept you on at the end of your probation period.

A willing attitude is key to succeeding at any job. Not only does it mean you’re more likely to perform well in your role, you’re also more likely to get on the right side of your colleagues.

This is particularly important as in many appraisals; it’s likely that your manager will ask colleagues how they have found working with you.

In this case, getting positive reviews will only work in your favour and increase the likelihood of being kept on after probation.

In many work environments, it can be easy to get drawn in to the inevitable ‘office gossip’. As a newbie, it’s vital not to get involved, as speaking negatively about the company or your colleagues’ is not going to leave a good impression.

Sure there are times when you need to get something off your chest, but workplace gossiping is not the ideal time or place to do it.

Be mindful of how you conduct yourself around your colleague during your probationary period and remember a positive attitude will lead to positive results.

Be proactive

During your probation, your manager will be looking out for the traits you expressed in your interview. Did you talk about how you were a great team player? Then be sure to go out of your way to help your colleagues!



Courtesy of CV Library.