Starting a new job is a rewarding and challenging time for a new employee. The employee’s excitement about the new role is often accompanied by confusion about what is expected of them and the processes of the job, which can be incredibly frustrating. As these first few days leave a lasting impression, it’s important to limit the confusion and frustration as much as possible, which is where a good induction program comes into play.
Induction training is a form of introduction for new starters that enables them to do their work in a new profession or role.
Firstly, employees are given accurate information about the role and the company, and expectations and responsibilities of employees are clearly outlined, helping to avoid misunderstandings and inefficiency later.
Next, employees are busy and focused from day one, and good work habits are ingrained early. Induction training also creates a professional impression of the company and of you as a manager or employer.
Lastly, it makes sure employees feel welcome in the company – a good induction process is proven to improve employee retention and job satisfaction.
However, there are also downsides to providing thorough induction training, like the opportunity cost of lost working hours of the new employee and the manager or trainer.
In addition, the real costs of the training process can include large amounts of printing, travel expenses and equipment usage. On top of that, some companies opt to do a set number of training sessions throughout the year, instead of for each individual new hire, meaning days or weeks of inefficiency while employees wait for their induction.
Online induction training almost entirely eliminates these limitations by cutting costs, saving time and increasing efficiency.
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