Why comprehensive induction processes work
Many businesses believe that the recruitment process comes to an end as soon as their new employee shows up for their first day in their new role. However, if you want your new hire to perform well, contribute to the team and be happy in their new position its essential that you put in place and follow relevant induction processes.
At the start of your employment relationship with your new employee, you want them to get settled in. Simply showing them to their desk and expecting them to get stuck in leads to new starters feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what exactly is expected of them, so induction processes really are key if you want to get the best from your candidate.
Meet & Greet
Induction processes that include a meet and greet help new hires feel welcome in their new environment and help them get to know members of the team. There’s an awful lot to take in on the first day, so introducing a few friendly faces who can offer their assistance should your new employee need anything will certainly help their first day less daunting.
Making the employee aware of what’s expected of them is a key part of any induction process, but if you want them to meet these expectations you’ll need to offer them support and training.
Having a competent member of your team on hand to show them the ropes and allowing the candidate to job shadow while they settle in gives them the new skills and confidence they need to perform well in their new job.
Health & Safety
Of course, all induction processes should include a tour of the area your new employee will be working with special attention paid to fire escapes, muster points, details of fire officers and qualified first aiders on site, the location of first aid boxes and instructions on what to do in case of an emergency.
As an employer, it’s your duty of care to make sure that you provide a safe and healthy working environment for all of your employees and so it’s your responsibility to communicate these important pieces of information to all staff members.
Many businesses create clear induction processes in the format of handbooks or printed documents to keep track of the items needed to give the new employee all the information and support they need during the settling in period.
New employees who are informed, trained and properly inducted into a new company are far less likely to become overwhelmed in their new role and question their decision to work for you, so it’s essential that your induction processes are both welcoming and comprehensive.