Staff induction enables new employees to adjust to their working environment and the College’s policies and procedures. It helps them to become efficient, motivated members of the organisation as quickly as possible and understand their role in achieving its vision and strategy. Induction also supports the College’s legal duties (for example, in relation to health and safety, and data protection).
New starter process
There are a number of key tasks to be completed after recruitment and before a new starter begins work. These are detailed in the pre-arrival section of the induction checklists.
An 'induction facilitator' is a named person who is responsible for the new starter's induction. After successful recruitment, you should decide who this will be. It could be you as line manager or another person. Make sure they have sufficient notice and time to undertake this task effectively.
Induction checklists have been produced to help managers cover the essential tasks, information and training for new colleagues in their first two weeks of employment. This includes completion of mandatory training. They are designed to support departments' own induction processes and you may wish to add department-specific information to the checklist.
Please contact Organisational Development and Diversity for guidance on the induction of temporary staff.
The induction checklists are supplemented by frequently asked questions to enable the new starters to find out more information about working at the College.
Staff induction events
Attending staff induction events is an essential part of the induction process and it is important that staff are released from their duties for half a day to attend. The staff induction events give new starters the opportunity to:
- Learn about the College's history
- Hear from senior staff about our present acheivements and plans for the future
- Find out about what to expect from working at the College
- Talk to representatives from staff networks, unions and support departments during a networking session
- Meet other new starters.
Most new starters will be invited to attend the staff induction by the Organisational Development and Diversity team.
Please see these tips for managers inducting staff who are hybrid working.
Guidelines and forms are available on the staff intranet for probation of both academic staff and staff in grades 2-10.
New academic probation advisers should attend a workshop which introduces the College's academic probation process.
Staff Induction Framework
The Staff Induction Framework sets out our commitment to high quality induction and the responsibilities of staff and managers in the induction process.
Organisational Development and Diversity send a survey to new starters to find out about their induction experience in order to make continual improvements to the process. If you have any feedback as a manager inducting a new colleague, please email us.