The First Month

Learn about the employee experience

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The BC Public Service Agency manages human resources for B.C. Government employees.

Time entry and taking leave. Your supervisor will show you how to use the Time & Pay portal to track your schedule and time off.

Pay stub. See what your pay stub will look like and find out what all the numbers mean. You can also check with your supervisor to find out how long it will take to receive your first pay cheque.

Benefits package. In addition to pay, there are other employee benefits, like a pension and employee and family assistance services – from counselling to financial and legal support.

Meet your union representative. You will receive contact information for your union representative (a steward) as well as an authorization form to have union dues deducted from your pay cheque. Feel free to contact your steward to discuss how they can provide support. Look up info about unions and professional associations.

Learn about our organization

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Corporate culture at the BC Public Service.

The role of your ministry or branch. Check out information on your ministry intranet or local area network (LAN) that describes the objectives and type of work done at your ministry and branch. Look for things like:

  • An integrated strategic plan or ministry service plan
  • Vision and mission statements
  • Leading workplace strategies
  • Minister's mandate letter

Find out who your ethics advisor is. You can talk to your ethics advisor if you have concerns or questions about ethics in the workplace.

Sign-up for sessions and training

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Oath of Employment. All employees need to take a special Oath that highlights the importance of honesty, integrity and impartiality in what they do as members of the BC Public Service.

Sign-up for mandatory training. Register for IM 117: Protection of Privacy, Access to Information and Records Management and Diversity & Inclusion Essentials.

Take optional training or courses. These sessions are recommended, but not mandatory. They're intended for employees who are new to the BC Public Service.

Additional learning. Ministries may have different required courses; check with your supervisor.

Participate in regular performance reviews

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Your supervisor will guide you through the performance review process.

  • Ask them what success looks like for your role
  • Think about career development and learning goals and how you'd like to realize them
  • Set-up regular “check-in” meetings with your supervisor to discuss work priorities and assignments

Complete an ergonomics assessment

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Complete an ergo self-assessment and see how ergonomics impacts the way you work. Report any issues to your supervisor. If necessary, they can arrange for detailed follow-up with an ergonomics specialist.

Traveling for work

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Check with your supervisor about your ministry's procedures and policies for work travel. The corporate Travel Policy & Procedures outlines general info for travel and other expense allowances.

Understand how jobs are categorized and assigned

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Ask your supervisor or contact AskMyHR to find out more about your job classification or appointment status.

Job classification is a system of describing and categorizing jobs by level. It's used to help determine salary. Learn more about the classification system.

Included employees are covered by a union collective agreement. Excluded employees are excluded from a collective agreement but are covered by the Terms & Conditions of Employment for Excluded Employees/Appointees.

Types of work appointments include: 


Regular appointments are continuous full- or part-time positions. Hiring is based on the principle of merit and a selection process that assesses the knowledge, skills and abilities of eligible applicants.

Temporary appointments are only open to in-service employees and need to be approved by a ministry's deputy minister. They're used to temporarily fill a new or vacant position, complete a project, cover seasonal work, or provide staff with new experiences.

Auxiliary appointments are temporary work assignments for out-of-service employees (or in-service employees who are already on auxiliary appointment). Auxiliary employees are paid vacation pay (6% of regular earnings) and can apply for in-service status after working more than 30 days (210 hours).

Co-op, intern and other student appointments are for students or recent graduates to gain hands-on work experience. Duties are different from a regular position. Work terms and assignments are different, depending on the employment program.

Order in council appointees are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, including:

  • Chairs or members of agencies, boards, commissions, Crown corporations or tribunals (e.g. chief coroner, fire commissioner)
  • Management and professional staff, including those who support executive council, the judiciary or ministries (e.g. administrative coordinator to executive, Supreme Court registrar, chief negotiator)
  • Senior executives (e.g. deputy ministers)
  • Administrative support staff to executive council or staff who provide management support to elected officials


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