Settling in a new employee: A step-by-step guide
Settling in a new employee - Myth busting: True or false?
The induction - it's just another of those HR creations adding a tier in the workload of running my business. They would do just as well picking up everything as they went along.
Yes, they will pick up a lot of information about their job and the company as the weeks and months go by. But if you rely on your new employee gleaning information by chance, they are also likely to pick up a lot of misinformation because they have not been properly informed.
Also, if you skip the induction, you may unwittingly give a message that you can't really be bothered to train the new employee correctly.
The induction does not have to be confined to the first day - it may spread over several days or weeks, depending on how it ties in with training for the job.
The induction should be the start of ongoing development, possibly with the help of an experienced colleague acting as a mentor, or 'buddy', to answer questions along the way.
And don't forget, you must legally look after your employees' health and safety from day one.
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