Induction is the term used to describe the process by which new employees adjust and acclimatise to their job or working environment. This includes everything from being introduced to colleagues on the first day to the explanation of key University policies, via working procedures and protocols.
Induction is important for all new members of staff, both full and part time. Other groups can also benefit from an induction programme, including newly promoted staff, staff who have recently changed position and staff who have returned from a long period of absence.
Line managers are usually responsible for the local induction of their staff, although responsibilities may be shared amongst a team. The University also provides central induction through regular and this Workspace, which contains a lot of useful information for new employees.
A well-planned, comprehensive induction ensures that new staff have a positive and well-informed start to their career at the University of Nottingham and are able to fully engage with their role at the earliest possible opportunity. Research shows that employees who experience a good induction are more likely to stay with an institution long term.
Induction starts from the beginning of the application process and continues until the new employee has settled into their position and initial training needs have been met.
The length and nature of the induction process depends on the complexity of the job and the background of the new staff member. The majority of induction activity takes place within the first month of employment, but some elements of induction will continue beyond this.