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

Settling in a new employee - Be prepared: Know the basics

  • Send the new employee a small pack of information to give them a basic understanding of the business before they start. This can go with the letter offering them the job. The letter should include the main details of their contract - for example, place of work, job title, hours and pay - so there are no misunderstandings at the outset.
  • Organise a structured induction so the new employee becomes clear on:
    • their terms and conditions of employment
    • who's who at the business and its aims
    • the performance and behaviour you expect from the employee
    • company rules and what happens if they are broken
    • health and safety.
  • Tailor the induction to suit the new employee - someone who is fresh out of university is likely to need a different induction to a new employee who has extensive experience with other companies, or someone returning to the world of work after a long absence.
  • Appoint someone to act as a mentor to help with the new employee's day-to-day questions after the induction.
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