(Closed) Fiances probation extended for a second time

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Sugar bee

Did his manager share with him where they believe he should be and what steps they want to see him take within the next 2 months to get there? That’s what I would be looking for.

Post # 3
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Helper bee

Engineering is a tough field (my brother and his wife as both engineers,) but by extending his probation, they seem to be giving him a chance to catch up. They’re not firing him, so maybe he can use this to ask more specific questions about what he should be doing to be at the point they want him at. He still has a job, that’s the good thing here. Keep being supportive, it will all work out.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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Buttercup014:  Being on probation is better than being unemployed. They seem to be going out of their way to try to keep him employed. I hope he has expressed his appreciation for that.

Has he asked for feedback on his work? Does he meet with his boss regularly for performance reviews? What areas do they say he needs to improve? Does he have targets to meet? Has he developed a plan showing the specific steps he will take to meet the goals and objectives?

Are there any continuing ed courses he can take that are relevant to his work? Perhaps he needs a refresher in certain areas.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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Buttercup014:  Perhaps your Fiance is not being objective or honest with himself  about the feedback that he is receiving. Sometimes employees want something so bad they don’t really hear what is being said.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

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Buttercup014:  I’d suggest your Fiance isn’t getting what he needs to out of those meetings otherwise the request for extended probation wouldn’t come as a surprise. Forget for a moment whether his employer should be doing something differently because he can’t control that. I think he should focus on making the most of his weekly time with his employer by using this technique (working backwards):

How do I want the meeting to end? E.g. I want to understand what I need to do in the week ahead to give my employer confidence that I should move off probation.

What agenda helps achieve this?

How will I open the meeting to achieve this?

And then I would document the meetings from week to week just so I could track my progress and check in from time to time to see if my manager had any additional feedback, agreed with my take on my progress etc

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

He needs a development plan with concrete goals and the steps needed to meet those goals

Does he create notes to record what was discussed and the things he needs to improve on?

He should use his next meeting with his manager to come up with a written plan

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