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You should ask your boss about the increase. I know, this is the last thing you want to hear. But there is no other reasonable option. If you don't ask, then you definitely won't get the pay rise. At some point in your career, you'll need to learn how to start uncomfortable conversations. Now is a great time to begin! It will be easier if you can ask ...


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You're in a reasonable position to ask, since the point of a probation period is to ascertain whether you are a good fit for the job and you can already demonstrate that. But it is entirely up to the employer as to whether they agree to permit it. You have signed a contract with a 6 month probation period, and the only way to change that is by mutual ...


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Check your contract. As a fellow Canadian, usually when I've seen probation contracts, the probation period is set by a specified number of days, not by an evaluation procedure. If that's what your contract looks like, then congratulations, you passed! I have never had a formal meeting in any job to discuss passing probation; I have only had such a ...


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Uh so there are some other answers here that deal with, you know, your actual question. I'm more interested in the whole "not sending the employee on the trip" aspect. Just go to the end if you want my answer to your actual question though. Penalising an employee out of the blue is a terrible management decision. and From what i'm reading here, ...


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This is the best thing that could have happened to you. Just like an interview, a probation period is a two way street. Now you know that the company doesn't follow industry standard practices, and that the boss won't allow workers to express their opinions. Both of these would be immediate deal breakers for me. So, polish your CV, start your job hunt, ...


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Yes and they should be. They don't know you. Probation periods are a standard in pretty much any industry. The employer wants to ensure that you are good fit for the company. This doesn't mean they doubt you, it just means they want to make sure. Lets say you are a programmer with an amazing track record, but you frequently get into conflicts with a co-...


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Other than in exceptional circumstances, you're not going to get a promotion within weeks of starting a new role. You're not "competing" with your mentor for this role as it's just too early for you. Stop worrying about about this team lead and make sure you do the very best you can in your first weeks in your new job: there's no way you're ever going to get ...


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Depending on your location, the probation period may work both ways, in which case it would be well within your rights to make use of it and leave your current employment for greener pastures (and twice the salary is indeed greener). You'll always have the option to resign according to the terms of your contract or local laws. Employers often like to use ...


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I've both asked and been asked this. It's unusual in my experience (US, tech), but certainly not unheard-of. But what and who you ask matter. The HR person is probably not going to be able to field this request. You really need to connect with the person who will be your manager. If you already have contact information for that person, you can send ...


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I'm afraid you're asking the wrong question. The real question is whether you should stay at that place. Most likely they have made up their minds about firing you and the performance plan is just a formality they have to do to have "evidence of poor performance" before letting you go. By far your best course of action is to start looking for a job and ...


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Something to ponder - if everything seems to have unexpected things come up that make them take 2x as long, perhaps you should be planning that something will come up and make tasks take twice as long? How do I get better at estimating this stuff if I have limited experience with an application? Stop trying to do it by yourself. Find someone who is good ...


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Would it be considered as strange if I ask whether they can supply me with relevant material to read so that I can better prepare myself before I begin? I've done the same in the past. If my experience is any guide, employers seem to appreciate an enthusiastic new employee who wants to "hit the ground running". Asking for such materials helps to ...


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For reasons, you can say something like Pursuing other career prospects outside of the company which is closer to my needs. You should not have to explain anything more. Would it be considered unethical? The fact that you are leaving during probation or you are quitting to go to a competitor may not be considered as unethical. However, you using ...


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It sounds like you and your manager don't see eye to eye on a lot of things so I do feel human resources has done the right thing here in asking you to finish your employment on the same day that they've provided you with your termination notice. They've done the right thing - they're paying you appropriately and although I feel you will disagree, I think ...


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This is very clearly a case where your contract and the contract law of your country will come into play. You urgently need to seek out the services of a lawyer who specialises in this kind of work and get advice as to how to proceed. The issue is that your contract may be illegal or perfectly reasonable. Either way you need professional advice on this.


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Is it true? I would say no, not exactly. Usually, the main purpose of a probation period is to have a "look and feel" of the employee and the way they adapt to the Company. That way, if the employee is not fit the work relationship can be terminated without much procedures or consequences. This is also true the other way round: It is also a good time for ...


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"do I deserve" means that the decision is somewhere in the justice/injustice scale. It is not. In the corporate setup, there is no justice. There are decisions based upon perception. The whole story seems to be that during your probation period, they had a perception of you being a bad fit. Wether it's deserved or not does not matter. What does matter is ...


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If the recruiter was external to the company you work for, I wouldn't be at all surprised if it was either: a direct lie to sweeten the deal for you (and so he gets his commission) or the recruiter said that meaning it is not unusual for a junior developer passing probation to get a raise shortly after I've had a number of promises made to me by recruiters ...


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A general remark about a German Arbeitszeugnis: it has to be constructive and not detrimental to finding new employment. You can sue your employer over this and people often do so. There are no bad reference letters, people just assume you sucked if they are not good enough. So for example "satisfactory" means bad, "to our fullest satisfaction" is somewhat ...


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For a start - get your feet under the table. You need to be in a company for at least a year before thinking about promotion. You do not know them. They do not know you. So just spend the effort in getting to know the technology and the company. Then think about promotion.


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Your input will not cause Bobert to be fired. It will be part of a body of evidence that will tip the scales one way or another. All you can do - when asked - is be honest with your appraisal, and answer only the questions that your manager asks you. I think it's unlikely that your manager will ask outright if you would hire Bobert, because that would never ...


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Should I approach my manager about this? I'm not a talker. I get emotional pretty quickly and can't find my words. Especially when I'm not speaking my native language. If you aren't a talker, formulate an email. Attach the evidence and then you can take time to construct your argument. If you have things in writing that were told to you prior to ...


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I would accept his kind offer. Just be honest with the time period on the CV and just say that you left because it was not a suitable job for you. It is not bad leaving at the end of the probationary period. The point of this period is for either party to leave easily. Sometimes, it is just a bad fit. Or it could be a host of reasons. As long as this is ...


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I have not been told if i passed it and have my evaluation early next week should I assume that i have passed probation? No. Your evaluation will tell you whether you have passed probation or not. Be patient.


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All employees must have a contract. You should also have a written statement of employment particulars if you've been employed for 2 months. This statement should cover everything in your question. If you don't have one after 2 months your employer is breaking the law. Read your contract. tl;dr In order: Read your contract Contact the Citizen's Advice ...


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You were being ostracized and made fun of by your colleagues. You were living inside your own little private hell. Be grateful that you're no longer working at this company. One reason you were such an easy target was because you are introverted and lack English language skills. Now focus on getting another job and work on being less vulnerable. There ...


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I always thought, that probation period means that, the employer is unsure about my qualities. Is it true? Yes, but that's only part of it. Most employers who use probation periods, use them for all new employees. So the employer is unsure of your qualities, but is probably unsure of all new employees' qualities. The other part is that a probation ...


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My question is, how can I effectively ask for a raise in my salary since I am now a regular in our company even if the salary raise are done in our company yearly. You made a mistake by assuming you would get a raise at the end of your probation, rather than asking about that specifically (when in doubt, don't assume - ask!). If you knew then that you ...


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So, is it possible for me to extend my Probation Period on request? Anything is possible, although I have never heard of anyone asking to stay on probation - never mind being granted such a request. Probationary periods are intended to be the time where both sides get to know each other, and decide if there is a good fit. At the end of the period, ...


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