Inducting New Staff
Introducing new staff with a proper induction helps to establish a positive work environment.
Induction gives staff a chance to get to know the job, the people they will be working with, policies and procedures and expectations in the workplace.
A good induction will:
- Give new staff information directly related to the job.
- Explain business goals and values, duties and responsibilities, employment conditions and reporting lines.
- Introduce new staff to their colleagues and explain their roles.
- Encourage questions.
- Ensure new staff know how to get help and from where.
- Introduce new staff to policies and procedures, ensuring they understand them.
- Make reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities or cultural differences.
As a result of the induction, new staff need to understand:
- The importance of preventing discrimination and harassment in the workplace.
- Health and safety procedures such as reporting of hazards and incidents, including discrimination and harassment.
- The procedures for dealing with complaints.
- Who their equal opportunity contact person is.
- Your policies for flexible working conditions.
- Opportunities for training and promotion.
A senior member of staff should meet with new staff regularly for the first few weeks to make sure they are settling into the job and the workplace. This will make it easier to identify and resolve any issues quickly.