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Top Tips on Hiring Staff for SME Owners – Part Three



Over the past few weeks we’ve been taking a look at recruitment with some tips on how to advertise for new staff and some advice on how to conduct interviews.  Once you’ve interviewed prospective staff members and chosen the candidate that you feel would be best for the job, it’s time to welcome them to your company, so today we’re taking a look at the induction process so that you have the information you need to ensure that new workers can make a great start and benefit your business to the max.

An effective induction will make sure that your new staff member can hit the ground running, minimising the disruption that typically arises when a new worker starts work.  Induction is the process that introduces a newcomer to your organisation – it can be brief (a few hours) or it may take a few weeks, depending on how complex your business and the job is. 

Try to remember that starting a new job can be a daunting prospect as well as an exciting opportunity so your newcomer is likely to feel a little nervous and apprehensive.  A well-prepared induction will help to put them at ease as they learn the ropes. 

Once a recruit has accepted the job offer, you can send an offer pack which may include:

  • An offer letter
  • Two copies of the contract
  • Details of benefits
  • Copy of the employee handbook (if you have one)
  • Copy of the job description

You’ll need to consider whether the new recruit needs to undergo any training in order to do the job and how such training will be delivered, whether in-house or externally.  Even if there is no need for training to carry out the work expected, there are still other types of training that should be provided:

  • An introduction to health and safety in the workplace which must be provided on the first day before the new employee starts to do any work at all.
  • Fire safety and accident or emergency procedures
  • Data security training in order to comply with GDPR

There are many benefits to providing a well thought out induction for new employees, these include:

  • Ensuring that each new employee settles into the company and develops a clear understanding of your business visions, values and targets
  • Building a good rapport with new employees which will help them feel more comfortable in a new environment which is great for morale
  • Happy, well-settled employees are more likely to enjoy greater job satisfaction which will result in an increase in staff retention.

Next week we’ll be brining you some advice on how to deal with new recruits on their first day on the job.  If you’ve been following our series on Hiring Staff so far and don’t want to miss out on the final instalment, why not follow us on Facebook or Twitter and get a heads up when it’s published?