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Probationary Review…


I received my probationary review at work today. My boss reviewed the scoring range and talked about what areas employees are graded on. ‘Now, before I talk about your score, I just want to make something clear, your score is not average.’

Great. I’m going to fail this review – I thought

‘When you first interviewed with us, I told the committee that I could see you had a bright future. I put my neck on the line for you…’ he said.


‘And I’m reaping the rewards. Your performance has been unparalleled. Never, have I given a probationary score this high’ he said while smiling.

There are five Rebekah’s in this department. Obviously you’re confused.

‘I have never seen such a high level of organization…’

You call it ‘organization’, my doctor calls it a case study in obsessive compulsive disorder

‘…You are well liked by your peers and HR has only praise for you…’

You’d be amazed at the power of homemade cookies and good old fashioned gratitude to others

‘…and you are always willing to put in extra time to get projects done.’

You fired someone… IN FRONT OF ME… if that doesn’t put a fire under someone’s pants, nothing will

In an environment of so much insecurity, it was nice to get a pat on the back. I didn’t think he had noticed – and was pleasantly surprised to realize he had. This review doesn’t guarantee my job (no one is guaranteed a job) but I’m glad to hear I’m doing something right.



  • Reply PonyRyd |

    Great work! Glad to hear!

    Keep up the good work as long as it doesn’t interfere with your blogging! 🙂

  • Reply Jen |

    Excellent! Congratulations! It’s always great to get a good review!

    “You’d be amazed at the power of homemade cookies and good old fashioned gratitude to others.”

    Amen! It’s easy to be jaded and think nice people always finish last, but that really isn’t the case. I’ve found that you really do get more flies with honey than with vinegar. I learned this when I worked at McDonald’s. I was more likely yo give really great service to the nice customers as opposed to those who were nasty.

    Once again – great job! 🙂

    (Btw… Probationary period?!? That’s what they call their review period? It sounds awful – I equte “probation” with having done something wrong 😛 )

  • Reply Margot |

    Your pessimism about your situation and your husband’s job situations must drag you down a lot, especially given that it rarely seems warranted at the end of the day. Congrats on the good job review!

  • Reply Corporate Barbarian |

    It’s nice to get noticed for a job well done. It just goes to show, someone is always watching, even when you think you’re toiling in obscurity. Good job!

  • Reply sandra jensen |

    Oh, NICE JOB! It is so nice to get recognition! I hope he added a raise to all those nice words!

    Want to share the “you fired someone in front of me” story??

  • Reply Quilt Elf |

    The baking class has paid off! Way to go Bekah!
    Being a tad bit competitive never hurt anyone. Glad they noticed a job well done by a bright and promising employee.

  • Reply Tim |

    Hey, hey! Great job! I hope my job review in January is as solid, that’s when I come off probation too.

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