Think planning an induction for your new employee is a waste of time? Then think again

21st February 2018

An Induction is basically the process we use to welcome new employees into your business and help to and prepare them for their new role. It may be time-consuming but it’s really important to get right.

If you’re thinking that planning an induction is not a good use of your time, then allow me to convince you otherwise. In my experience, having an induction plan in place for your new hires when they join you can make the difference between success and failure for them in their new role. It helps them to:

  1. Build a connection and loyalty to you, so you can retain them in the short term and long term. If you’ve spent your precious time hiring them, it would be terrible to lose them within the first six months – yet it often happens
  2. It enables you to get the best out of them – you want to get your bang for your buck right? People learn when they join a new company. If you help them learn faster, they’ll start being more productive faster.
  3. They work on the important things – as they are clear on what they need to deliver and now they need to deliver it. They won’t be wasting time on things that you don’t feel are so important.

So, putting the effort and thought into what your new employees might need during their first few weeks – by way of information, tools and connections – helps you harness all of that initial drive and excitement they feel towards their new job.

Here’s some tips on what to include so that your induction plans set your new employees up to achieve great things.

  • Before they join

Make sure that before your new employee’s first day you’ve got a desk and stationery sorted, you’ve organised IT access and a pass to get into the building, and you’ve made you’ve communicated the start time and what to bring on their first day.

  • Their first week

On their first day, show your new employee where everything is, introduce them to colleagues and explain any office norms. Knowing these things at the outset helps your employee feel just that little bit more comfortable. You want them to be able focus on doing their new job, not worrying about how to use the photocopier.

  • Set out your expectations

Include plenty of opportunities to discuss work priorities and areas of focus. Also cover the broader picture, including the strategy, vision and objectives of your business and how your new employee’s role fits within that. This is really important and helps ensure you’re both on the same page as to what success looks like. Schedule follow-up meetings so you can check in on progress and your employee can ask questions.

  • Provide social integration

Welcome your new employee at team meetings, organise a team lunch, and buddy them up with someone to show them the ropes. This will go a long way to helping a new employee quickly feel accepted, welcomed, and a part of the company.

Schedule ‘getting to know you’ meetings with key contacts and co-workers. This helps get new working relationships off to the best start. It also helps avoid silo behaviour and helps new employers get a better sense of how their role fits with the broader picture.

 

What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

 

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