They say information is power, and in the case of providing new employees with ample background details about their respective roles and your company, this saying couldn’t be truer. Known as an induction programme, this is a key step that can – if it’s done properly – seamlessly integrate new staff members into your company. It’s also an opportunity to streamline the current outlines of operations and structures within your business.
But it’s not just limited to new employees. In fact, regular re-induction programmes to introduce new processes are crucial in keeping your employees enthusiastic and involved in your company’s growth, as well as redefining your corporate culture as it develops.
One of the best possible ways to achieve all of the above is a system called “onboarding” – which basically means getting new staffers up to speed as quickly as possible, and providing them with all the information they need to hit the ground running. The process also involves introducing them to the rest of the organisation, while making sure everyone understands where the new employees fit in and how their roles will contribute to the company’s bottom line.
In essence, it’s a simple process, but if it’s executed in a non-dynamic and uninspiring way, it can do more harm than good. Which means that the programme – which should include everything from a company introduction to identifying the various roles and responsibilities within the company, as well as the brand, the brand’s history and the specific brand language in play – needs to be as practical, informative and engaging as possible.
The ideal is a win-win situation for all, and with a properly executed onboarding process, new employees will easily be able to identify themselves with their new employer, and the values of the company. The spin-offs can be tremendous – from increasing motivation and performance, to preventing a high staff turnover. In time, it also forms a building block in the process of establishing a shared company culture, while positively impacting HR policies and procedures.