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A good induction comprises these elements:
A good induction is paced so that the new starter is not overwhelmed. New starters want to know that their colleagues are looking forward to working with them and that there has been adequate preparation for their start.
The line manager is responsible for ensuring that this happens. Even if the induction is delegated to another colleague, it is the line manager's responsibility to ensure that it takes place and the person responsible for induction is thoroughly briefed on what they are expected to do.
There are several key activities which the line manager should initiate to ensure a smooth induction.
Once an offer of employment has been accepted, try to keep in touch with your new starter. HR will send out a welcome pack with the employment contract as well as other key information. HR will also direct your new member of staff to the New Starter web-page.
However, it is good practice for you to maintain contact with them before they start.
By the end of the first month the line manager should ensure that the new starter has:
IT Services has its own web-page for new starters which provides useful information about the Directorate you will be joining.
Corporate Affairs invites new starters to attend their executive team meetings to be welcomed and introduced to the directorate's senior managers.
Academic and Student Affairs (ASA) invites new starters to a dedicated ASA induction session over coffee to outline key information about the Directorate.
The line manager should arrange regular one-to-ones to:
The probationary period for academic staff and senior staff is 12 months and 6 months for support roles.
Mandatory training should be completed within the probation period. Similarly, the induction checklist should be completed and signed off.
If you have any concerns about the new starter's performance, it is important that you pick this up as early as possible within the probation period, when they are often easier to resolve. If in doubt, discuss your concerns with your link HR team as soon as possible.
Guidance on the Probation Review is available here.