Employee Inductions - Are they really that important?


Inductions are sometimes viewed by some as wasting time when a new employee could be being productive for the business. This is actually not the case, induction programs don't have to be lengthy (this is totally dependent on the role) but are a valuable way of integrating a new employee into your team and improve staff retention.

ACAS recommend that you cover the following areas:

  • Introduction to the work environment and introduce to new colleagues and Managers
  • Collate any outstanding documentation
  • Health and Safety information
  • Give an overview of the organisation - who is who, how the organisation works, the organisation's values, standards and rules and advise the new employee where they fit in to all of the above
  • Outlining tasks within the role and on the job training

A good induction can make a new employee feel more settled and part of the ‘team' - these employees are more likely to have a positive attitude about their new employer, be productive more quickly and become a long serving employee.

You can always start your induction process as soon as the new recruit has accepted the position - send them a welcome pack with vital information or log in details to your HR website. This will allow your new recruit to come in prepared to start their new role.

P.S. Don't bombard your new recruit with too much information too quickly and remember that the induction procedure won't just stop after the first day/week. Be sure to arrange regular meetings to discuss ongoing performance and development, provide support, give feedback and to answer any questions or queries.

Gina.  You can contact Gina Bartley at

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