For new employees, the first week of a new job is an exciting and experience. By creating a tailored induction program for new staff, they will feel more comfortable in their new surroundings and have a better understanding of your business and expectations of their role.
The purpose of an induction program is to help employees settle into their position at a new company, business or organisation. To ensure the induction program is successful, create a checklist that specifies all the documents and information new staff will receive on their first day of the job.
This checklist does not need to be long, but the induction should cover at least the following:
To avoid confusion and misunderstandings later on, ask the employee if they have any questions or concerns they would like to address. It’s considered best practice to give the employee plenty of written material they can reference later to refresh their knowledge.
For compliance purposes, you should also require the new employee to provide you with copies of the following:
Bringing new staff into an existing work environment can be stressful. On their first day, give new staff a guided tour of the workplace and introduce them to other team members. If possible, appoint one or two team members as a main point of contact for new staff, so they can rely on them for help or advice.
Besides the usual ‘meet and greet,’ some other activities the company can do to encourage social interaction include:
If your business is active on social media, you might also consider welcoming the new team member with a brief online description or profile with your social media network.
Don’t stop encouraging your new employee’s social interaction after just the first few days. Some people take longer than others to open up and feel comfortable in their new surroundings. For this reason, the above activities should be spread out over several days, so the employee doesn’t feel overwhelmed.
Once the formal induction is over, arrange regular meetings with the new employee to check up on their status. Give them the chance to raise any concerns that have come up and discuss them in confidentiality.
Whether it be problems with the job requirements, disputes with fellow team members or a bad experience with a customer – these issues should be handled early to ensure their future in your business is a success.
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