An induction program is designed to provide employees with all the necessary information they require to excel in their new position. A successful induction should help an employee feel right at home and fully supported, and outline the expectations of their role.
This article will examine the key components of a successful induction program: what to include, how it should be conducted, and its benefits.
Relevant induction documents
To begin, an employer should ensure they provide their employee with the following documents:
- Welcome note
- An employment contract and job description
- Employee details form/s (Tax file declaration form, Superannuation, personal details such as emergency contacts)
- Fair Work Information Statement
- Casual Employment Information Statement (if applicable)
- HR and WHS Policies and Procedures
- Any necessary tools and equipment required to perform their duties.
What should take place?
To be most effective, an induction should be planned from start to finish, and an induction schedule should be prepared for new starters. This should outline the structure of their first few weeks in the role and make them aware of what they should expect when beginning employment. This can help alleviate any anxieties they may have about their new employment.
On the first day, an employee should be welcomed to their new workplace, and introduced to their new colleagues. Common bonding activities for new employees can include organising a group meeting, having an informal team lunch, or even meeting up for Friday evening drinks at the end of the week. Other considerations include:
- Their workstation should be prepared for them ahead of time and be neat and presentable. This includes ensuring that any requisite equipment or software that is necessary for them to immediately begin their role.
- An employee should also be introduced to any relevant award or agreement they are classified under, and the workplace policies and procedures, including company, HR, and WHS policies.
- Essential administrative tasks should be completed during induction, such as computer access, security passes, email signatures, as well as providing contact details for key members of staff, including IT and supervisors.
- Employers should also make clear their expectations of the employee in the new role. This includes providing them with a job description, but also outlining any KPIs their performance will be measured against, and a timeframe for them to work within during their probationary period.
- The ideal induction schedule will also allow for time to provide any relevant internal training that is needed. Importantly, the employee should be given WHS induction training as a matter of priority, so that they understand the business’ protocols around ensuring safety. This can be prepared in a copy of the workplace’s HR and WHS policies and procedures, and should include information concerning safety and emergency procedures relevant to the workplace and their role.