The Introductory Period Policy:
- Reflects the at will nature of employment that is both a part of an introductory period and an employee’s regular employment at the University.
- Requires supervisors to set goals with the new employee, regularly gauge progress toward those goals and evaluate a new employee’s performance during the introductory period using Drexel’s online employee performance management system (EPM).
- Allows supervisors who find that an employee is not performing satisfactorily during the introductory period the opportunity to either
- extend the introductory period or
- terminate employment, following consultation with Human Resources. Formal Performance Improvement actions are not required during this period of employment, but feedback and clear expectations are.
- Applies a consistent introductory period to new hires, employees who transfer from one position to another, and former Drexel employees who are rehired.
Process for Introductory Period Evaluations
- Employee attends new hire orientation
- The supervisor meets with new employee to set expectations for the first 90 days, review the job description, and develop performance goals for the Introductory Period. The supervisor and/or the employee records performance goals in Career Pathway.
- Career Pathway releases employee's Introductory Period Evaluation on the employee's 80th day of employment
- Before the 90 day Introductory Period is over, the supervisor rates the employee on each performance goal and competency using a three point rating scale of Achieved, Partially Achieved, or Did Not Achieve. The supervisor also makes sure that the employee has completed a Conflict of Interest and Preventing Workplace Harassment Training.
- Employee and supervisor discuss the evaluation.
- Employee and supervisor electronically sign the evaluation.
Manager Training for Introductory Period Evaluations
An Introductory Period Performance Evaluation online training is available for managers. It can be accessed through Career Pathway (available on through the Employees tab in DrexelOne).
For questions regarding the Introductory Period Performance Evaluations, consult the Introductory Period Policy (Drexel Introductory Policy, DUCOM Introductory Policy), or contact HRPerform@drexel.edu.