An induction is the first step an employer makes to introduce a new recruit to their new role, the organisation and the team they will now be a part of. A good induction will revolve around training, whether that is a one-size-fits-all or a job-specific course, but it will also serve as a welcoming platform. Some employers choose to have a personalised ‘Meet the Team’ element. Some keep it strictly health and safety and company policies.
The structure of an induction course:
The structure of an induction course is extremely flexible, which is why using eLearning to deliver an orientation for a new employee or contractor is hugely beneficial. We all know eLearning fosters independent learning at the user’s own pace but it is also a cost-effective way to engage the new hire on a more personal level.
Classroom training has it’s benefits, as does eLearning, but one of the main drawbacks of the traditional method is that it is difficult to keep a person engaged for a long period of time, while also ensuring that the message is understood by all participants and so eLearning wins here.
Quizzes and tests will be a good indicator of the learner participation post-training, however if a student has a question during their course, the classroom method is preferred as there is a face to face opportunity then and there to address it.
Whichever method you choose to induct your new employees is up to you, the most important factor is the message you wish to get across.
Professionally planned and well delivered induction training is a new employee’s first impression of your company. It allows them to understand the important health and safety issues in the company and also provides an overview of the current Safety Management Programme in operation.
The aim of an induction is to provide both new and existing employees with useful information about the company, its ethos, policies and company benefits.
When creating an induction course for your new starters it is vital to touch on these key areas:
- An introduction to your company and personnel (the more personalised, the better)
- A layout of the site, (depending on building size and structure)
- Terms & Conditions of employment
- Health and Safety (including Safety Statement, Evacuation Procedures, Accident Procedures)
- Company rules and procedures
- Employee benefits or facilities (HR policies, payroll etc)
- An Induction Checklist, which will be used as a quick reference guide for the new hire
Benefits of an Induction for a New Employee
- The employee will feel a sense of belonging and also find it easier to mix into their new environment
- A good induction programme will help to build team morale and employee self esteem
- Your new employee will feel that he made the right decision to join your company
- An induction programme will initiate good communication between the new recruit and their supervisor and line manager
- Employees will all have received the same consistent safety message which establishes a safety culture in the workplace
Have you delivered a successful induction to your employees and contractors? We’d love to hear about it!