An induction programme is the process used within many trades to welcome new employees to the company and prepare them for their new role. It helps in the effective integration of the employee into the organisation.
A typical induction programme will include at least some of the following:
In order to fully benefit the company and employee, the induction programme should be planned in advance. The timetable should be prepared, detailing the induction activities for a set period of time (ideally at least a week) for the new employee, including a named member of staff who will be responsible for each activity. This plan should be circulated to everyone involved in the induction process, including the new appetiser. If possible it should be sent to the new starter in advance, if not co-created with the new appetizer.
It is also considered best practice to assign a companion to every new appetizer. If possible this should be a person who the new appetiser will not be working with directly, but who can undertake some of the tasks on the induction programme, as well as generally make the new employee feel welcome. (For example, by ensuring they are included in any lunchtime social activities.)
Research shows that providing new staff and employees with a thorough introduction to the company, principals to significantly improved long-term staff maintenance.
Consequently, in order to be effective, an Induction Programme should include an introduction to the organisation, its values, culture, people and adequate working practices. In addition, it is important to modify the induction training to meet their specific needs and timeframes of employment, for example: