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On-boarding New Employees
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If you’ve got a new employee joining your business what have you got planned for their on-boarding / induction? These days telling them where the tea room and loo are probably isn’t enough to ensure they are engaged in your business and get up to speed with their new job without delay.

The feedback we get from candidates we place is that investing time in a thorough induction programme is time well spent.  Sadly employees do sometimes leave a new job in the early days/weeks. A robust induction programme can do a lot to pre-empt any issues and ensure a smooth sailing.

Whether your business is large or small, it’s not hard to draw up a simple induction plan. Here’s what I would usually include:

  • HR Meeting – Company Policies, Handbook, Expectations etc
  • Introduction to the Company – what the business does, key aims, targets – make them feel part of the bigger picture, how their role fits in.
  • Meet the team – ideally include a social event
  • Training Sessions – cover any key systems, processes or procedures they will need to know
  • Shadowing – whether office of field-based, spending time with colleagues is a great way to learn the job
  • Weekly 1 to 1 review meeting with their line manager – initially. To ensure things are going to plan and iron out any issues. As they get up and running, move these out to bi-weekly or monthly.

Don’t feel all this has to happen in the first week. Sometimes you will need your newbie to get stuck in to the job. But just draw up a plan and make sure everything gets covered over the first few weeks.

Get in touch if you have a vacancy that needs filling and before you know it you’ll be planning an induction programme for your fabulous new recruit.

 

Julia Pennington, Managing Director

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