New recruits

Jo Jacobs

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One common reason for voluntary resignations in the first few months of an employee’s appointment is down to a lack of a clear induction programme for the new employee.

Induction is not just about passing on important housekeeping-style information but involves helping new recruits adjust to the organisation and settle into the new job. It works best when it is not merely an ad hoc activity but, instead, comprises a comprehensive programme of events, designed to take place over a period of several weeks. We explain why in Employment law manual > Recruitment and selection > Induction.

An effective induction programme should cover a range of organisational areas, including generic information for all new starters on the organisation’s mission, business objectives and policies. It should include health and safety guidance and tailored information unique to the new starter’s role, for example the functions of the team and the key responsibilities of the job.

Jo Jacobs, HR practice editor

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