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Why are workplace inductions important?

Updated on March 6, 2013

Nearly everyone has had a new job - or in many cases, several. When you begin a new job, one of the first things that you do is attend an induction course.

An induction might only be a simple introduction by a trained staff member. Or in more complicated jobs, the induction can take one or two days of in depth training and general information about the company you are joining.

Induction is different than job training and usually covers a wider range of information. Unlike training, an induction consists of information that you need to know before you begin the job. Training usually involves slowly learning how to do the job over time. Especially if the business involves selling online, you're going to need a firm grounding in how to use the system associated with the business.

You should always be paid to attend a workplace induction.

An induction is an important part of beginning a new job.
An induction is an important part of beginning a new job.

Why is an induction important?

Evacuation procedures - in case of an emergency in your workplace it's very important to know exactly what to do and where to go. You should be taught evacuation procedures as well as told where the evacuation meeting point is.

Introductions - You'll be able to meet people and get an idea of some of the people you'll be working with, as well as who is in charge of different sections and who you can talk to in case of a problem or complaint.

Workplace Layout - You should get a tour of the workplace so you know where important places are such as the main administrative office, switchboard, exits and emergency areas as well as break rooms and bathrooms.

Administrative Details - You should be given a package of forms to fill out. These forms will vary with each company but they should include basic information and your signature that you understand this information, tax forms, superannuation forms and bank account details for your pay.

Legal Requirements - Different jobs and different types of companies will have different legal requirements they must meet. For instance if you are going to be driving a company vehicle, you'll need to provide a copy of your license which will be kept on file in case you have an accident or need to make an insurance claim. Other legal requirements may include things the company must legally tell you before you begin work. Anything that has to be told to you legally will usually require a signature from you to say that you understand what you've been told.

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