Most employers recognise the fact that their staff are their greatest asset, and the right recruitment and induction processes are vital in ensuring that the new employee becomes effective in the shortest time. The success of an organisation depends on having the right number of staff, with the right skills and abilities. Organisations may have a dedicated personnel/human resource function overseeing this process, or they may devolve these responsibilities to line managers and supervisors. Many people may be involved, and all should be aware of the principles of good practice. Even in large organisations with a specialist personnel department it is essential to involve others in the task of recruitment and induction.
After recruitment, a good induction programme is the way to help a new employee settle into the organisation and become effective quickly. In this booklet we offer guidance on the implementation of induction programmes, and a checklist of the sort of things such programmes should cover. This list may seem long but to the new recruit many things are not obvious and need to be pointed out.
The first section of the booklet deals with recruitment and selection. The second with the process of induction. This booklet will serve as an introduction for anyone, in a large or small organisation, who becomes involved in recruitment, selection and induction as part of their job.