Once your chosen candidate has accepted an unconditional offer of employment, you need to start planning their induction.
Advantages of carrying out an induction
You should carry out an induction as it will help new staff to:
- establish themselves quickly in their job and therefore maximise their productivity
- become motivated to do well and fit into the business early on
- understand any health and safety issues relating to their job - this will not only help to reduce accidents at work but also help you ensure that you are meeting your duty of care obligations under the health and safety legislation
- understand your business' culture
Investing time in this process will give new workers a good grounding and help them make fewer mistakes in the long run. The highest level of staff turnover is among newer workers so it is important that the early period spent with your business leaves a good impression on them.
You should also consider carrying out a basic induction for workers who are changing jobs within the business. For those workers returning after a long absence, eg maternity leave or a period of illness, a welcome back meeting would be beneficial. See tailoring the induction to the worker.