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Organisational Learning Method – New Employee Induction

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Hiring a new employee is time consuming and costly. You want to get them settled and start productive work quickly. This is where new employee induction comes in. There are 2 parts to induction – orientation and on-boarding. On-boarding is a systematic and comprehensive approach of fully integrating a new employee into a work team.

The induction process can take a few days to 3 months depending on your employee’s role. Many techniques like coaching, mentoring and classroom training can be incorporated into it. As this topic is very broad, we will outline certain considerations many fail to take note of while organizing employee inductions.

Here are some considerations you should take note of:

  1. Ensure your new employee’s work area is ready and comfortable before your employee starts work
  2. Make time for the employee and have him/her feel welcome
  3. Provide the employee with an induction training plan
  4. Start with the basics
  5. Provide the employee with a mentor who can guide him/her through the 1st one week to three months
  6. Assess training needs and send your employee for training (before 3-month/ 6-month confirmation)
  7. Conduct mile-stone reviews with the employee and modify the induction plan to better meet employee’s needs.

  1. Organisation / management
    • Provide workplace trainers with employee induction checklist and induction training plan template
    • Provide new employees with organization handbooks which cover organization goals, regulations and procedures
    • Show support to the process by ensuring that ‘inductors’ are able to set time aside to induct the new employee
  2. Workplace ‘trainer’
    • Plan the induction process to cover both orientation and what the employee needs to do well in the organization and his/her job

    • Keep each induction session short

    • Conduct reviews with the new employee frequently to ensure he/she is on the right track

  3. Workplace ‘learner’
    • Ask questions if you don’t understand what is happening
    • Take down notes / photos / videos to help you remember
    • Take charge of your own induction so that you can maximize your learning