Congratulations! you got the job… Now you have to work extra hard to keep your job. The first 30, 60 and 90 days are crucial. Here in California, employees are a priority but there are laws that protect the employer as well. There are two employer laws to remember. One is a probationary period (first 90 days of employment) the employers can let you go without any reason, simply because you do not have what it takes to be part of their team. Two is the “Employment at Will” term, employers get away with firing you just because you sign their employment manual and you agreed not to have a contract with them. If you would like to know about labor laws, visit your local government labor websites.
Now, lets talk about how to pass your probationary period. Below is a list of important things to consider:
- Ask your manager what is expected of you on the first 30, 60 and 90 days. Write them down and accomplish them.
- Analyze your team members, learn their personalities and engage with them in a professional manner. It is important you keep your personal life to yourself. Is okay to be nice, if they ask questions, you can always tell them you rather not talk about your personal life. Stay away from going to happy hour with your co workers, wait until you pass you probationary period to become friends with them.
- Stay away from taking personal items to your common area. After the 90 days, you can make your space feel as personal as possible.
- Perfect attendance. Be on time at all times, from the start of your work day to all your break times. Stay overtime only if your immediate manager ask you to.
- Do what you are told, as longest is nothing illegal. If you see others braking the law at work, you tell your immediate manager.
- Do not steal- that includes, office supplies of any kind, work hours, computer time, other people’s food, etc. If its not yours – do not take it!
- DO WHAT YOU’RE TOLD. Simple as that, if your manager or your coworkers ask you to accomplish a task, do it.
- If you have spear time, help others. Always stay busy, there are always things to do. If you finish your tasks, move on to help someone else.
- Turn your phone off, use your phone on your breaks. If there is an emergency, give your office number to your family.
- Do all you can to not miss work the first 90 days. There should be a plan to help with your children if they get sick. Employers don’t say this, but they hate when new people miss work.
- DO NOT COMPLAIN, if you see negative things going within the company, things you don’t like- shut up! If those things are so bad that you can’t see yourself working there, then, by all means, quit.
I wish you all the luck, make sure you make the right decisions. Remember it is important you like what you do, be picky about the company you work for. At the end of the day, your well being should matter the most.