Guide

Making a job offer and taking workers through their induction

Tailoring the induction to the worker

The majority of new staff will need a similar type of induction. However, some starters may need a programme which is tailored to take into account their special circumstances.

For instance, if you employ young people who are new to the workplace, you must ensure that they receive adequate information regarding health and safety in the workplace, as they may be unaware of the risks it presents.

For people returning to your employment after a long period away, you should make them aware of major new developments in the workplace eg re-organisations. If you have introduced new ways of working since they last worked for you, they may need additional training.

Directors will need to know more about the finances, strategy and development objectives of the business than other workers. Read more on recruiting directors.

Workers with disabilities may have special needs in terms of access, using equipment and communicating with colleagues. As such you may be legally obliged to make reasonable adjustments to your premises and/or the worker's job. Read more on support if you employ someone who is disabled.

When planning an induction you may also wish to take into account of those whose first language is not English.

You should also be sensitive to cultural or religious customs and make sure your induction process is not discriminatory.