When employee meets the Organisation – “Induction”


Imagine an employee on his first day of job in a reputed organisation and with a decent package, have been made to sit for several hours, on the excuse that his boss is busy with the routine work. Later he has been asked to prepare a report with the help of other co-workers who are completely unknown to him, and on top of that he was told that he has to work in shifts, which he was completely unaware of. Shocked and humiliated..!! He left the job within few days.

What do you think went wrong? He was having a good package. No problem with that. The organisation was also of repute. No issues with that too. Then? The problem here is that the employee has not been handled properly by the employer. He is not been told about the job or the work environment and have not been properly introduced to the employer. There is a lack of induction programme on the part of the company.

Induction is a systematic and planned introduction of the employee with his job, organisation and co-workers. Firstly, developed in USA during the early 1970’s, induction has gained popularity over the years. It is important, as it provides various information such as working hours, place of work, performance standards, benefits and facilities.

The University of Alberta organises one day session for all new faculty and staff members. At Induction, they have the opportunity to learn about the University and network with other people who are part of the campus community. They receive an overview of the University’s mission and structure along with information on essential contacts, services and programs.

The Advisory Board Company the global research, technology, and consulting firm, the induction process ensures that every new employee is warmly welcomed to the firm and provided with all the information needed to get off to a strong start. The week-long firm wide induction curriculum introduces new hires to company’s mission, values, organizational structure, and product portfolio. Across the week, new hires meet with tenured employees from around the company who explain how to find the most critical people, information, and support to launch your Advisory Board career.

Typically an induction programme includes the following:

  • About the company, vision, mission and objectives
  • About the job, its location, objectives, safety requirements
  • Introduction to co-workers and supervisors
  • Employee Benefits, vacations, holidays, pay scale
  • Training and education benefits, Retirement programme

Induction programme can either be for a day or a week. But because of time and money constraints nowadays companies prefer to have a short induction programme for a day or half. The Swedish multinational provider of communications technology and services – Ericsson India concludes its induction programme in a day, with H.O.D’s of each department addressing the new joiners for about 15 minutes to ½ an hour, followed by question and answer session.

Induction is important because:

  • It makes employees comfortable with new environment
  • The employer too gets to know employee well.
  • It creates a positive image in the mind of new joiner.

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