There’s no denying that first impressions are important. Whether you are meeting a new colleague or being introduced to a new workplace, first impressions can set the tone of any relationship. The same goes for how a new starter perceives their new workplace in the first few weeks of their employment and reinforces the importance of conducting an engaging and informative induction program.
Research shows that organisations that fail to offer quality induction training are at risk of losing new starters at a faster rate. With no induction program, almost 25% of new starters know that they want to leave a company within the first week.
When crafting your induction program, it’s important to spend some time clearly defining your objectives. This way you can tailor any induction program to suit your organisation.
Objectives of a solid induction
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Induction programs have two primary objectives:
Firstly, educate the new starter about their designated tasks and how their role fits within the organisation
And secondly, integrate the new starter into their team and ensure they are proficient at their tasks within a reasonable time-frame
Effective induction programs have other key goals, including:
Address any questions or concerns the employee may have
Familiarise the employee with their work station, equipment and facilities
Create a positive working environment
Ensure the employee meets colleagues and can engage socially with them
Educate the employee about organisational goals and values
Induction game plan
Managers should develop an induction training program that is creative, visual and engaging for all new employees. It is possible to create meaningful induction training that new employees will actually sit through. For more information, check out our 5 tips on how to craft the perfect induction.