Why is the Induction Period so Important?
Posted on by Stuart Falconer
I once started a job in a department of about 20 employees and on my very first day, I was the only person who arrived for work on time. I sat outside the department and waited. At about 9.10 my manager rushed down the corridor, papers flying everywhere. My first task was to sit in the corner and read the policies and procedures that I would be referring to. Sound familiar? It left me wondering why on earth I had taken the job. I felt very unimportant and felt I had made the wrong choice in accepting the job. It also taught me that it didn’t matter if I was late for work. Everyone else was, so why should I be the exception to the rule. This was a poor induction. They weren’t ready for my arrival, there had been no plan put in place to help me acclimatise and adapt to my new working environment. Is this how you want your new employee to start work with your business? Of course not! Plan for their arrival, make sure their work station is ready for them with adequate stationery available. Arrange for logins and passwords to be set up prior to their start date. Have a timetable of training and introductions to the rest of the team ready in preparation. The induction is an opportunity to represent your business in the best possible light to your new employee. Make sure they’re well aware of the expectations you have for them joining the existing team. Start as you mean to carry on. The induction period can be as short or as long as you want, as long as it provides the new employee with all the information they need to be able to perform the duties of the role.
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