It can be daunting starting a new job. There is a lot to learn: who does what, where things are located, what procedures need to be followed, how to fit into the organisation. It is, therefore, of great importance that your new employer provides you with adequate induction training.
Why is an induction programme important?
A good induction programme will give you the tools you need to do your job effectively. It will tell you about what other staff take for granted: where the toilets are, how to book leave, whether you can work flexibly. It will also outline the company’s ethos, where you fit into it and the job that you required to do.
Health and safety
It is also important that your new company ensures that you understand how to work safely. Any organisation is required to comply with health-and-safety regulations. If your new employer does not, then you may find it necessary to seek employment law advice.
Of course, what is appropriate in one industry may not be appropriate in another. Those working in offices should expect that a health-and-safety assessment of their workspace set-up will be performed. Those who are required to do any heavy lifting should receive manual-handling training. Workers on construction sites should get a detailed health-and-safety briefing that covers a number of areas, including site safety, the use of protective equipment and the management of fire risks.
Whatever industry your new role is in, it is important to ensure that you are given the appropriate tools and information to do your job to the best of your ability. Your new employer’s induction programme should give you a clear direction about how to do this and enable you to work in a safe environment.