Induction, also known as orientation, is the process of introducing new employees to the business, the working environment, management and other employees.
Although an induction is generally intended for new employees, it can also be useful for existing employees who move into another position or another area within your business to give them all the information they need.
Benefits of induction
There are two key benefits your business can gain from good induction processes:
reduction in staff turnover – reducing the likelihood that new staff will leave your business shortly after commencing employment; and
increased productivity – a proper induction will allow new employees to be productive more quickly by giving them all the information they need upfront to get up and running in their new position.
How long should induction take?
A thorough induction may take anywhere from several hours to several days to complete. You can spread the induction over a couple of days or weeks if there is no risk to the person in regard to occupational hazards. This allows the employee to gradually learn all that they need, while becoming familiar with the new work environment.
Induction is not considered complete until the new employee has sufficient information to be productive to an acceptable level. It may be useful to think in terms of what information is required in the first day, first week and first month.