The Probationary Period
Most new hires (Support Staff, MaPS and Postdoctoral Associates) at the University of Calgary serve a probationary period after hire, during which the employee has time to learn their new role and demonstrate their suitability for the job. It also allows the manager to evaluate the new employee and confirm that the right person was hired for the job.
Each probationary period is different based on staff groups.
- For support staff – the probationary period is six months or 500 hours worked, whichever is greater. Refer to the AUPE collective agreement for full details.
- For MaPS – the probationary period is six months. Refer to the MaPS terms and conditions of employment for full details.
- For postdoctoral associates – the probationary period is three months. Refer to the PDAC collective agreement for full details.
Information for Managers
During the probationary period, managers should meet regularly with their new hire to set and clarify expectations, identify training opportunities, and provide support while the employee learns their new role. The probationary review process varies depending on staff group.