Master of Public Administration (MPA)
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This study, prepared for the Department of Public Administration, will evaluate the use and perceived effectiveness of probationary periods within the State of Nevada government. The probationary period is widely used throughout the private and public sectors; however very little systematic data has been collected on this topic. The probationary period can be valued as the most valid determinant of job performance and seen as the last step in the selection process or it can be a tool to deny first amendment rights. The effective use of probationary periods should be of importance to private and public agencies, managers, and prospective employees. Working from literature, selected authors writings and questionnaires, this report will describe and evaluate the use of probationary periods at the State of Nevada. The responding agencies identified that nearly 50 percent of probationary employees do not successfully complete their probationary period. It is recommended that the State of Nevada track probationary period dismissals in an attempt to assess the effectiveness of the probationary period.
Civil service; Job performance; Nevada; New employees; Probation periods; State employees
Privott, Daryl R., "Probationary periods- promoting excellence or legel loophole?" (1999). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 210.