Inducting members of staff into the workplace is incredibly important. Not only does this give the employee a chance to find out who the important members of staff are, what is expected of them them and where to go for relevant information, it is also a way in which businesses can protect themselves by making sure that all members of staff are aware of policies and procedures that are in place.
As a part of any induction plan, an employee should be given access to relevant policies whether this is online or a paper version. These should include policies such as health and safety, fire safety, pay policy, complaints and whistleblowing. Issuing these policies to a new starter in your business ensures that they read all the relevant points. It is a good idea to have them sign to say they have not only received the policies, but that have read and understood them. This can also help to ensure that you are providing them with all the information they need should they be unhappy in their jobs. Employees that feel they are being treated unfairly can file a Constructive Dismissal Claim with a company such as Employmentlawfriend.co.uk which you will then need to defend as a business.
Another key part of an induction is showing the new employee around the building and pointing out all important areas such as restrooms, reception areas and kitchen spaces. A tour of the building is also an opportunity to explain the procedure to the staff member in the event of a fire evacuation.
If the employee needs to undertake training to fulfill their new job role, the induction period is a good time to complete this. Some businesses will allocate parts of the day to allow the staff member to complete this training.