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Factsheet:

Induction

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This factsheet was last updated in October 2015.

What is induction?

Induction refers to the process where employees adjust or acclimatise to their jobs and working environment. As part of this, ‘orientation’ can be used for a specific course or training event that new starters attend, and ‘socialisation’ can describe the way in which new employees build up working relationships and find roles for themselves within their new teams. Some people use the term ‘onboarding’ to cover the whole process from an individual’s contact with the organisation before they formally join, through to understanding the business’ ways of working and getting up to speed in their job.

Every organisation, large or small, should have a well-considered induction programme. It should provide all the information that new employees need, without overwhelming or diverting them from the essential process of integrating into their team.

The length and nature of the induction process depends on the complexity of the job and the background of the new employee. One size does not fit all and a standardised induction course is unlikely to satisfy anyone.

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