In order for the new employee orientation period to be successful your supervisor needs to clearly define your role and any expectations for your performance. However, the orientation period also requires dedicated focus on your part, so partnering with your supervisor is essential. You are encouraged to ask questions to clarify aspects of your new job that will help you understand the direction, roles and responsibilities, relationships, and scope of authority for your new position. Getting key information early will also help you feel more comfortable and enable you to make meaningful contributions right away. Use this form as a guide during your discussions.
Review and discuss your class description and position description. The job description lists general duties for all positions within the job classification, while the position description focuses on the duties of your specific position. When discussing your position with your supervisor, request that she or he clearly defines your responsibilities and clarify reporting relationships.
Be sure that your supervisor defines work behavior expectations. These would include attendance, punctuality, working with other staff members, and telephone etiquette.
Discuss your probationary period and the timeline and expectations for passing your probation.
Discuss the performance evaluation system as well as specific expectations and standards.
Discuss training needs and personal goals in relation to your new job.
Clarify your supervisor or manager's communication preferences. For example: How should I follow up with you or keep you informed of my progress? When do I need to ask for direction, do you prefer an email or talking in person?
Review and clarify initial job assignments. Be sure to discuss priorities and how your supervisor would like you to determine priorities in the future. Also make sure that you have the necessary resources and contacts in order to complete these assignments. Additionally, clarify the latitude that you have to make decisions independently vs. decisions that need to be made by your supervisor or others.
Determine if there are regular meetings you need to attend in relation to your job/work assignments.
Identify “experts” on your team who can assist you as you begin in your new role.
Be sure that your supervisor sets up another meeting (or regular meetings) with you as a follow up.
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