Managers' Toolkit for Induction

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Congratulations on appointing  a new member of staff!

Now that you have successfully completed the recruitment process, it's important to remember your appointee's journey at the University has just begun and they are counting on us to make them feel very welcome here.
An excellent induction programme offers the opportunity to welcome new starters to the University, engage them with their new department and the wider University, and familiarise them with information needed to undertake their role effectively.

To read more about induction and why it is important, see below. However, if you're eager to get started on planning an induction programme, you can access the managers' toolkit below.

This toolkit is a suite of resources and information available to you to help you plan and deliver an excellent induction to your new starter. Simply click on the icons for each section.

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Why induction?

Induction is vital to the familiarisation process for anyone joining the University or moving to a new role. It is important, both to the individual and to their team or department, that new colleagues feel welcome, settle in quickly and are able to perform effectively in the role to which they have been appointed.

Whose responsibility is induction?

Induction is a shared responsibility between the University and the recruiting department. At departmental level, managers (and indeed all staff) should make efforts to ensure that new colleagues are helped to understand their role and their new department, and become familiar with the University as a whole.

How can a good induction help your department?

First impressions matter. The first few days and weeks in a new job are crucial to the motivation and retention of staff and a good induction experience lays the foundations for future staff development.

A new starter who has been poorly inducted into the University or their new role may take longer to become fully productive and not feel integrated into their new team. A poor first impression is difficult to reverse and can result in appointees leaving their new role which can lead to the need to undertake the recruitment process again, sooner than you had planned.

Who needs an induction?

ALL STAFF - whether they are here full-time or part-time, on open ended or fixed term contracts, new or promoted, transferred and redeployed staff.

Certain groups may have specific induction needs such as graduates, school leavers, staff returning from career breaks, long-term absence or maternity/paternity leave, senior appointments and technical specialists and you are advised to consult with your HR team in these cases.