Employee inductions are valuable and should not be taken lightly or considered unnecessary.
The amount of effort and time that you dedicate to inducting a new member of staff can pay off with higher morale and productivity, fewer mistakes, and an increased probability of them staying with the company.
Consequently, these higher retention rates could decrease recruitment costs and help you build a strong and happy team on a long-term basis.
A comprehensive induction goes beyond showing new starters around the workplace, introducing them to the other employees and handing them their contract…
It’s very important that you make your new staff member feel like a valid part of the team from day one, so get them settled in quickly.
One method of doing so is to have a structured plan for their first few weeks whereby time is scheduled in to meet with key stakeholders within the business.
This will give them a well-rounded view of the business and show them exactly how they fit into the wider business environment.
From day one, establishing a consistent meeting time for 1-1’s where you can discuss employee progress, praise good work and highlight areas of improvement shows your staff that you care about what they are doing.
It’s important, for both performance management and employee morale, to provide regular employee feedback.
Additionally, the new employee can give constructive feedback regarding the induction process so that, as a business, you can grow and develop.
This may not be suitable for every workplace and every role; however, where possible, a buddy system can help new employees settle in a lot quicker.
Not only does it allow them to build a close relationship with another staff member, but they can also inherit some of their skills and look to them for any questions or concerns they may have which don’t require manager input.
Prepare the work space
Whether you are on a construction site, in a factory, an office, or a retail store, you should always ensure that new recruits have everything they need to dive straight in on day one.
Make sure their work space is clean, their equipment is working and that any uniform or supplies they may need are provided at the earliest opportunity.
Not having the appropriate tools ready and waiting can not only delay their productivity but it could give them a negative image of the business from the offset.
Sometimes fresh eyes can see areas of adjustment in a business that established members of staff may miss.
By asking a new employee for their feedback on the company after a week or two is a great way of discovering possible areas of improvement within the business whilst making them feel that they, and their opinions, are valued.
Keep everyone in the loop
An induction process is about current employees as much as it is new.
It’s important that either before or on their first day, current staff are made aware of their new colleague through a group email or quick meeting.
This will lessen the likelihood of their being any awkward whispering and glares over the new face in the workplace. It’s also just courteous to keep your staff in the loop when it comes to business changes.
When it comes to induction processes, trial and error is always the best way to go. Some methods won’t work as well for some businesses as it does for others, so just ensure that you are constantly monitoring the success rate of your inductions and asking the new employees themselves what they thought of their induction procedure.
For further support with employee inductions, our HR consultants are on hand to help. Just call us on 0845 2626 260 for more information.