Recruitment tips - the induction plan

By: Paul D Foster

Date: 14 May 2012

Do you have a formal induction plan for new recruits? An induction plan will help ensure that the initial impressions on the first day of a new job are positive and that the new employee starts off productively.

Here are some points to consider as you develop an induction plan for your business:

1 Identify key current employees to be ‘buddies’ with, or provide hands-on training to the new recruit. You want to be proactive in freeing up time and resources for the ‘buddy’ to be effective and train the new person to be productive as soon as possible.

2 Have a checklist of items to have ready when they get to work on their first day:

  • Computer
  • Email account
  • Locker
  • Phone, stationery
  • Clean desk
  • Etc

3 Have access to training items, safety rules, passwords and keys ready for what may be applicable.

It may seem like a little thing, but imagine the impression a new employee would have upon arriving for their first day and hearing: “Oh, is today the day you start? Let’s look around and find you a place to work.” Compared that to: “Here is your clean desk, and your email account is set up. Let me introduce you to the team and make sure we give you a great first impression.”

Depending on the significance of the recruit, you might even consider arranging a social event for the team to meet and greet them. When compared to the cost of turnover to replace an employee, the initial investment in making sure the new recruit will become productive quickly is well worth it.

If your business doesn’t have a formal process now for new recruits, consider starting a system for this process. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect at first, but you should review it and tweak it with your team after each hire to make sure the process continues to improve and evolve.

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