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Published 06/11/2021

New Employee Induction
- Guide for Creating Employee Inductions

Employee Induction features All new employees need to go through a proper and comprehensive induction before they start work and being their job. A new employee induction should consist of a mixture of payroll and HR setup materials, an online employee handbook, induction pack, a safety induction covering important workplace safety topics and procedures, presentations, policies to acknowledge and understand, new employee checklist and assessments and workplace courses that help onboard the employee into the organisation.

New employees might go through a series of different inductions ranging from workplace, project or role specific inductions and progress through critical workplace topics, procedures and policies in order to be job ready. Existing employees might be re-inducted annually on these materials for ongoing compliance. All employee types should go through an employee induction from casual employees, part time, full time and managers, the information they are inducted on could be the difference between an incident happening in the workplace or leading to better staff retention.

What are the best ways to construct an effective new employee induction? What is the best platform for delivery employee inductions and what to include in it?

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Best Steps to Include in a New Employee Induction

Employee inductions can be comprehensive, there's a lot of material to cover across ever increasingly complex workplaces. From HR policies and procedures through to safety and site specific induction content. What are the best steps to have in your employee induction structure and what sort of things should you include?

Collecting materials from new starters such as payroll information, required HR setup details, signing forms and entering in new starter information
Collecting emergency contact details, next of kin, who to contact in the event of an emergency
Known medical issues that could affect role / working safely on site
Going through a safety induction and presentation in order to understand important workplace safety topics and ensuring that all new employees can work on site safely
Completion of HR and workplace specific courses especially around topics such as bullying and harassment, code of conduct, sexual harassment, drugs and alcohol.
Acknowledgement of HR policies and procedures
Testing their understanding through an assessment
New Employee Training Plan
Staff Induction Policy
Induction Manual for New Employees

Staff Induction steps and Re-Inductions
These steps would be a mix of online forms, check lists, document libraries, presentations and assessments and form the basis of a staff induction. Best practice would see a new employee be inducted before they arrive on site and all employees go through an annual staff induction process for re-inductions. An organisation is constantly changing and growing and so the induction should reflect those changes too! It's important to make sure that at least annually staff are being re-inducted too on what's changed. Are there new policies to be aware of? new procedures and workplace changes to be inducted on?

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Common ways to deliver the employee induction

You might have a mix of face to face and online for the best new employee induction experience. New staff might initially go through an online induction going through the above steps and then once starting the role, do additional face to face onboarding activities such as a workplace tour, introductions to team members and line manager follow ups for that personal touch.

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Most common slides in a new employee induction slideshow presentation

We've put together the most common slides that organisations have in their new employee inductions, here we go!

Who the management are
Site access / access hours / workplace opening hours
Overview of the organisation and its mission
HR manager details and overview
How to report an incident or hazard
Code of conduct
Bullying and harassment policy
Sexual harassment policy and how to report it
Drugs and alcohol policy and how to report it
Off limit areas to avoid
Hazards to be aware of
Dress code
Meet the team
First aid kit location
Emergency procedures

Setting up your induction plan for new employees

The first six months of a new employees journey are super critical to help onboard them correctly into the organisation, ensure they understand everything they need to do their job role, become an expert at their job and build positive culture so that they want to stay working at the organisation too. Part of this involves building in a performance appraisal system and performance appraisal steps into their induction plan from day 1. Establishing what their role tasks actually area, what does performance look like that is good, what do poor expectations look like and how are these areas measured.

An Induction isn't the same as an LMS

The induction is done at the start of an employees engagement with an organisation. This might be before they are setup as an employee and may have literally just got the phone call to say congratulations, you got the job. Commonly, the next step is to induct them into the organisation so that they are job ready for day one. This might involve sending them a link to register and begin the Online Induction in order to prepare them on important policies and procedures and getting them job ready. An LMS is about ongoing learning they might be assigned throughout the rest of their year working with the organisation. The induction might be done annually versus ongoing learning which could be done weekly, monthly or adhoc across the year. Ongoing training might include compliance training as part of an online training platform.

Give New Staff the Best Induction Experience

If you want to keep them, give them the best new staff induction! Retention of new staff can be strongly influenced by how you first engage them into the organisation. A new staff induction is one of the most central pieces to delivering that engagement and ensuring you welcome them into the organisation with a high impact and long lasting first impression. It's also the core piece for ensuring they are job ready on day one. A new staff induction goes beyond just their first day, you might have a week 1 induction, week 2, three month and six month milestone inductions too. A new staff induction will help introduce your new employees into the workplace, their team, their department and their role.

Benefits of a new staff induction

Obviously the core thing about a new staff induction is that it helps prepare new staff for their first day on the job but a good new staff induction setup goes far beyond job preparation, it can help ensure that:

- they provide the right materials ahead of their first day
- ensure new staff are compliant with important workplace polocies and procedures
- making sure new staff are aware of hazards, risks and safety procedures before they step foot through the door
- preparing the workplace for the new staff member which might include a manager checklist, IT setup, payrol setup and more.

Employee Induction Templates and Common Materials Library

Setting up an employee induction can be extremely time consuming if you don't know where to start and don't have any content or materials ready to use. To save time, we've prepared a massive library of common employee topics, workplace materials and employee specific induction content (especially for different employee roles types such as casual employees, full time, part time etc).

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Online Employee Induction Hanbook

Every organisation is different but the core topics you need to cover in a new employee induction are mostly the same regardless of industry or region. The old school handbook has been thrown out the window and in todays fast tech paced world, a digital employee induction handbook is the way to go. Being able to digitally record they staff have gone through each section, viewed and acknowledged it including digital signing and even testing competency are several main benefits of an online handbook. The most common sections you might include are (and these are all found in our ready to go online employee induction handbook):

Induction Handbook Structure

- Welcome to the organisation, mission, vision and purpose
- Industrial awards and agreements based on the specific employee role
- Hours of work, rosters and timesheets
- Salary or rate of pay and superannuation details
- How work related expenses are dealt with
- Uniforms or dress code expectations
- Code of Conduct
- Leave entitlements (covering all leave types such as annual leave, personal leave, applying for leave, study leave, leave without pay, long service leave and carers leave)
- Shutdowns and stand downs
- Probation period
- Performance review process
- Important workplace topics around anti-discrimination, bullying and harassment, alcohol and drugs to name a few
- Smoking policy
- Anti-bribery and corruption
- Information technology setup and policies
- Internet and social media policy
- Emailing policy
- Private messages and private calls
- Motor vehicles policy
- Grievance and complaint procedures
- Health and safety induction
- Privacy policy

Employee Induction Manual

This structure might form part of your overall Employee Induction Manual which is not only issued to new employees but maintained and given to existing employees annually as a re-induction on what's changed (policies and procedures are constantly being updated and workplaces change and grow over the course of the year). It's important that the employee induction manual reflects these changes and is a living document / process, not a static one.

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What's New 27/11/2021

New Employee toolkit:

Online Employee Handbook

New Employee Checklist

Employee Induction Tips

Induction Pack


Best slides to include in a new employee induction

New Employee Presentation

What makes a good employee induction?

Creating an Employee Handbook

New Employee Training Plan

Performance Appraisal System

Staff Induction Policy

New Employee Induction Manual