Inductions provide employees and site visitors with an overall first impression of your organisation. Make sure, you make a good impression! There is such as thing as death by induction :)
Inductions inform employees and, ideally, should include their responsibilities, your expectations, and cover essential work, health and safety information. Content needs to be engaging and easy to understand. Inductions should be easy to create, share, complete, track and verify. Employers need to receive quick and timely notifications that inductions have been completed and, that employees are prepared (and excited) for their new role.
It makes good sense to automate this process for both your organisation and for the employee. Spend less time on repetitive tasks and more time engaging with new personnel. Email a link to a new employee and have inductions completed prior to site arrival. New employees are able to start a new position confident that they have the knowledge to make a great start.
- What information can you include?
- What information can you request from inductees?
- How can you create engaging content?
- How do you test for understanding?
All comprehensive workplace inductions will start with an introduction to the company/organisation and include values, vision and/or a mission statement. Next, include information about the conditions of their employment. These could be:
- Codes of Conduct
- Performance Standards/Expectations
- Work Hours/Breaks
- Pay Details
- Leave Entitlements
- Sick Leave
- Probation Periods
- Office Ergonomics
- Computer Access/Protocols
- Security Issues and Site/Office Access
- Workplace First Aid
Introduce colleagues, managers, and supervisors, and include online links to phone lists, websites, and intranet pages. Then, summarise duties and responsibilities. Make sure to include details about specific processes or tasks, and offer details on any future training planned.
Next, include a tour/map of the workplace and include areas such as toilets, fire escapes, break rooms, and workspaces. Provide information about Work, Health and Safety, Fire and Evacuation Procedures, and request employee essentials such as:
- Bank details
- Tax Information
- Request Inductees to Upload Images/Copies of Licenses, Qualifications etc
- Superannuation accounts
- Medical Information
- Emergency Contacts
Other information might include company annual reports, statistics, business/marketing plans, organisational charts, links to phone lists etc. And always be sure to ask if they have any questions or feedback.
Create Engaging Content
Your Online Induction can be simple or as creative as you like. Here are some ways to present engaging content that is easy to understand.
- Include Videos. Use simple video editors like Camtasia and host your short videos on sharing platforms like Vimeo. Simply embed the video link into your Course Pages.
- Use annotations to draw attention
- Use Screencast to capture software demonstrations
- Use presenter videos
- Using a demo video to illustrate processes
- Use role-play video to demonstrate scenarios
- Use simple animations (use Powerpoint and export video to Vimeo or YouTube)
Also remember to include a variety of good questions that test for understanding:
- True or false
- Yes or No answers
- Multiple Checkbox Options
- Free Text – Review Answers later
And finally, add some humour (and humility)
The myosh Online Learning Platform
The myosh Online Learning Platform is available as a Standalone platform or, as a module that can be integrated with other modules such as Training and/or Contractor Management. We also offer an Online Learning Assistant Service if you need help creating your perfect Induction.