The complete scene on staff induction


Why is it so important to prioritise Staff Induction as Mandatory practice in your workplace?

Research has proven that organisations need to invest heavily in inducting new staff to have the best chance of retaining them, as well as achieving the maximum level of productivity from them as early as possible.

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This shouldn’t be left to the HR Department (even if you have one). It should be seen as a core responsibility of every supervisor. Many client companies also employ “Buddy Systems”, buddying-up their new employees with experienced employees, to help the new employee acquaint themselves with the workplace and the expected performance standards.

New employees (and indeed all employees) need to receive the necessary training to be able to perform their job satisfactorily. There should be easily accessible training materials, suited to the particular learning style of the employee. For example, for some often-repeated tasks, some of our clients use pictures and wall charts to demonstrate how common, repetitive functions should be performed correctly and safely.

What you must include in a New Staff Induction Manual:

  • An introduction to who your business is and what you do
  • The location(s) of your company and key contacts
  • Your company Vision Statement & Core Values & Philosophies
  • Your products and services capability
  • A copy of your organisational structure
  • A Safety Induction Checklist and sign off from the new employee
  • A Workplace Health & Safety Document or handbook
  • Salary and Superannuation information about pays and entitlements
  • Working conditions and hours
  • Leave entitlements
  • Study Assistance or Training Program information
  • Any Corporate Policies and Procedures
  • How your Performance Development/Yearly Review system works and when
  • Any common acronyms the company uses
  • Fire and Evacuation Procedures
  • Using Technology and obligations
  • Social Club or Company Team events or Sponsorships
  • A copy of the floor plan

How We Can Help

Here are some of the ways we have helped our clients establish successful induction strategies for new staff –

  • writing down how things are done (‘work method statements’ or Standard Operating Procedures – ‘SOPs’) and to what standard, to provide a reference point for current and future training and induction;
  • creation of staff handbooks, adapting our standard template documents where this is appropriate – to save time and money. But we can also review your existing handbooks for completeness and user-friendliness if you prefer;
  • developing induction processes and checklists to make sure new employees get a good overview of your organisation, their role in it, and important rules and policies;