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Help for small firms

Settling in a new employee: A step-by-step guide

Settling in a new employee

Be prepared - Getting them off to a good start

The best candidate for the job has accepted your offer of employment. You're keen to get them started and they are excited and eager to impress.

But you are also aware that they have a lot to learn about their new job, and have yet to build working relationships with colleagues or make contact with customers.

What kind of start they get off to will play a key part in shaping their attitude to you and the job. Will they become a valued member of your company, and be happy and productive in their work?

This may largely depend on how you help to settle them in. The first few weeks are critical. Eight out of ten staff who leave their employer are new employees.

You need to:

  • get the basics right
  • put in place a well-planned induction timetable
  • comply with the law.

This tool is aimed at small firms, and line and team managers in larger organisations.

Acas training

If you're new to HR or employing people you can also sign up for our HR for Beginners training. It's specially tailored to help small firms get their recruitment, contracts, and managing people's performance right. See Human resources management for beginners course dates and locations.

Acas also has a full range of other training courses on hiring, managing and getting the best from staff.