Positivity of Induction in the Workplace
When starting with a new Company there is nothing worse than being told to get on with it on your first day. This sounds bad but all too often it does happen. There are also situations when new staff are given so much information during a short induction that they cannot absorb it all and they retain very little. Neither scenario is ideal.
It is important to organise a good induction because it will have positive results for all, new staff and the Companies involved. Staff usually start new jobs full of enthusiasm and positivity so it is important to harness those feelings and show the staff that the Company are happy to have them start their new roles. This can be done by delivering a positive induction with the new staff at the centre of the process.
The length of time for the induction will vary between Companies but should include the essential topics for people in order to facilitate them into their working roles as quickly and smoothly as possible. This may include Health & Safety, Mission Statement, Company philosophy and culture, policies and procedures, Company structure, communications etc..
With a good well organised induction staff are more likely to want to go back to work the next day and continue to in the future as they feel valued and included. This will also have an impact on staff retention and therefore reduce costs for the Company.
Induction is often more than the first week or two for many Companies. They spread out the induction and it continues into the role people are performing when they first start. Alongside this many companies use what has become known as the “Buddy” system where a more experienced member of staff supports the new member of staff from the time they start. This helps the new starter to feel their decision to move to the new Company was the right one. It also creates a positive perception of the Company for the new employee, as well as feeling that the Company is willing to invest in its staff which reinforces the view that staff are a Company’s most important asset.
Some Companies also use a similar type of approach for staff returning to work after maternity leave or long periods of sickness or for staff seconded to other departments.
All in all this helps staff settling in and the Company continuing to run smoothly.