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A good induction process can increase staff retention, reduce time needed for new staff to settle in to the workplace and generally make for a happier workforce.  In some companies people are inducted badly, they are briefly instructed on company processes and policies - shake hands with all the team and head home overwhelmed with a heavy manual which tells them what they are not allowed to do!                                                                    

In some companies people are inducted badly, they are briefly instructed on company processes and policies - shake hands with all the team and head home overwhelmed with a heavy manual which tells them what they are not allowed to do!
If time is invested properly, creating a good induction programme that really tells the story of the business and creates some real insight into the organisations vision and values, the new employee is more likely to get off to a flying start.

Common mistakes include mangers not turning up on time as ‘something more important has cropped up’ little follow-up to review progress and new starts being buddied up with the wrong people who teach them bad practice and shortcuts etc. Employers can sometimes expect results too quickly using ‘result’ language rather than ‘activity’ language.

It can be beneficial to involve relatively new recruits in the construction of the next induction programme. They will certainly be able to comment on areas for improvement. Induction is the first real opportunity new starters have to get to know their new employers properly. If the trainer doesn’t prepare and facilitate well then the new starter may become bored and disillusioned and may even question their choice of employment.

Companies spend significant time and money getting just the right people for their organisation unfortunately it’s all too common that all his effort is undermined by medioca induction programmes that are dull and involve little more than reading a handbook or watching an out of date video.

Most people starting a new role are excited and filled with anticipation, but also a certain anxiety of what is instore. A warm and encouraging welcome goes along away, but that needs to be backed up with a creative engaging fun programme to reinforce what the company expects of them and the assurance that they are in the right job!

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