To get the most out of your new employee, it is very important to ensure they are properly inducted into the business. A good induction program will allow a new starter to engage with the company, learn who is who and start to properly understand the environment that they work in. Inductions are particularly important if you are employing an apprentice, trainee or young, first-time employee.
Before your new employee starts, use the checklists below to make sure you and your business run best practice induction and are ready for your latest recruit to hit the ground running.
Before they arrive
Read the questions below. If you answered ‘yes’ to all of them, then you’re in the best place possible for your young employee to start. If you answered ‘no’ to any of the questions, then there’s more work to do.
- Have you prepared an induction pack?
- Have you printed and sent your induction pack to your new starter?
- Are all the materials and tools they need available and ready to use?
- Have you prepared a schedule for the first three months, which includes a structured week one plan outlining when and where they will be working, the meetings they need to attend, how they will get to know key people, and opportunities for discussion with yourself?
- Have you contacted your new employee to see if they have any questions before they ‘officially’ start?
- If you are employing someone under the age of 18, have you spoken with or met their parents to make sure they are on board and supportive?
Induction – the first three months
The following elements are essential for a successful start to your induction program.
- Meet with your new starter in week one to talk through the contents of their induction pack and to answer any questions.
- Discuss the ways of working agreement.
- Talk through the week one schedule and your expectations for their first week.
- Take time getting to know your new employee during their first week.
- Schedule a time in week two to revisit the ways of working agreement and address any areas of concern.
- Schedule in a non-work activity (in the first week?) to get the new person to meet the team (e.g. barbeque).
- Schedule a regular meeting to see how they are going in their new job.
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