Protect the futures of your business and employees - implement effective induction processes

All of us remember a first day on the job - the customary handshakes, polite smiles and prolonged office walk-throughs. What many of us probably don’t realise, however, is the profound impact that an employer’s induction program can have on an employee’s tenure within an organisation.

Despite sometimes being undervalued by employers, effective induction remains the first pivotal step in communicating an organisation’s expectations, procedures and policies to new staff members. At the same time it provides a great opportunity to open communication flows, promote your workplace culture and settle employees into their positions, surroundings and the business itself.
Though induction programs may require the investment of time and resources, there is no doubt that employers often receive significant long-term benefits as a result of these processes.  In comparison, ineffective or absent induction processes can contribute to low employee morale, high staff turnover, re-recruitment costs and overall resource wastage.
Many people you come across will note that their best induction experiences began with meaningful interactions with people at senior leadership levels. It is no trade secret that employees feel valued and prioritised when leaders take the time to acknowledge and welcome them. Such acknowledgements do not necessarily have to involve lengthy introductions - they can simply entail a warm welcome and a general insight into hopes for a new colleague’s professional development.

It is also important to note that as an employer you have a mandatory duty of care to ensure that all employees have a safe working environment. As such, all induction processes should clearly communicate health and safety threats and procedures (including fire exits and emergency evacuations) as well as how to use any relevant protective equipment.

Also, bear in mind that you may need to continue to provide proper training and supervision until new staff members are familiar with safety procedures. Try not  to make assumptions as to the familiarity of employees with such procedures, and remember that reasonable workplace adjustments may be need to be made to accommodate the needs of new employees that suffer from disabilities or communication barriers.

At the end of the day effective induction programs are in the best interests of both your business and your employees.

Posted by George Tarbey on 14/05/2012 at 2:39 PM | Categories:

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