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Induction Courses For New Employees

By: Ross Wigham - Updated: 5 Nov 2010 | comments*Discuss
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Whenever you start a new job it's highly likely that you will be expected to complete some sort of company induction before getting started in your role.

Although the process may vary from company to company most employers now provide an induction for all new staff to help them settle into their new workplace.

Some firms prefer a more formal approach while others try to keep a light touch, but either way the induction is nothing to worry about and is something you should try to enjoy and get the most out of.

What is an Induction?

An induction is simply the process used by employers to help you integrate into your new role and the company as a whole.

It's a way of processing some necessary details, introducing you to your new surroundings, letting you know more about the business and making sure you will be safe in the workplace.

The induction will usually start on your first day but at bigger employers the process can last for a couple of days or even be split up across your first week.

The whole process will help you get your bearings so you know where everything is and understand how you will work on a day-to-day basis. Employers are also legally required to provide Health and Safety Information.

An induction will usually cover:

  • Details of all the facilities in your new workplace.
  • Relevant health and safety information.
  • Fire Safety information.
  • Your duties and how they fit into the overall structure of the company.
  • An introduction to your New Colleagues.
  • An explanation of your terms and conditions.
  • An overview of the company and its strategy.
  • Rules and regulations.

Why do Companies have Induction Schemes?

Employers are legally obliged to provide information that will ensure your safety, such as the fire evacuation plan, but the induction is more about integrating you into a new role.

The company will be just as eager as you to make a good first impression and get the working relationship started on the right foot. Research has shown that effective induction systems can even improve staff retention.

The company will want to fully explain your new role, what is expected of you and how you will work with colleagues.

It's also a chance to get some of the 'first day formalities' out of the way and cover all the usual housekeeping issues.

Bosses should also provide details of Trade Unions, sports or social arrangements and all the local amenities.

What will be Expected from You?

Employers may ask you to bring along various documents and other information on your first day at work. The induction process is often used to fill out some essential forms and establish employer records and systems so you may need your National Insurance (NI) number, tax documents and proof of your right to work in the UK.

You will also need your banking details so that your new employer can add you to the payroll.

Employers will also be able to cover all your terms and conditions explaining company policies, how to report Sickness Absence, holiday entitlements, grievance procedures and the hours you will be expected to work.

You will probably need some training on things like the telephone system but managers will usually try to arrange any other training you may need.

What will a Typical Induction Include?

Although each company induction will be slightly different, the process will usually include:

  • Information on the company.
  • Company literature.
  • Company forms and terms of employment.
  • Information on company polices and procedures that may affect you.
  • Health and safety information, including details on evacuation and fire exits.
  • Meeting colleagues.
  • Meeting management and your line manager or supervisor.
  • Details of security policy, parking provisions and first aid personnel.
  • A tour of the office or site.
  • Equipment briefing.
  • Basic training on things like the telephone or computer system.
  • Identification of further training needs.
  • Questions.

The induction is also a great opportunity for you to ask questions and find out as much as you can about your role and the organisation as a whole.

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