The induction process offers your organisation the chance to efficiently train and orientate your contract workers before they start employment - or before being granted access to a new site. A well designed induction should speed up the on-boarding process for new recruits and reduce the risk of accidents during employment - particularly reducing risk at the start of new employment.
The induction is usually the first form of contact with the company for contractors who are travelling to your site and its your chance to make a solid first impression to instantly let them know what your expectations, standards and processes are, whilst providing an understanding of your company mission statement and work culture.
Not all inductions are equal, however.
With so many organisations failing to take full advantage of the induction opportunity, instead playing outdated, uninspired health & safety induction VHS tapes from the 90s.
Not only does Intasite make the induction process as efficient as possible for your company, whether you’re needing construction site inductions, shipping ports or inductions for a chemical site, we can also help you design your induction content to make it as informative and engaging as possible.
Here are our top tips & best practice for producing the best induction content possible
Consider The Different Needs Of Your Different Workers
When designing your induction material & content, consider the kinds of workers you’re inducting. A welder may need different information to a truck driver depending upon where they’ll be visiting and what they’ll be doing. Here are some of the top things to consider:
- Location – Where is your contract worker based? Your organisation may have contractors working on sites spread across the country. Local legislation will need to be taken into consideration and factored into their induction.
- Country & Language – You may find a large part of your work force comes from abroad. If that is the case, you may want to consider localising the induction to suit their language in addition to your standard English speaking/written version.
- Role – Your site should have generic, general health and safety induction procedures. However specific job roles will require different information, such as day to day risks, gathering points, potential hazards, orientation of the work area etc.
The bottom line here is to create an induction to adequately suit the needs of all groups of employees and visitors.
Plan Your Content For Different Groups
This is a lead on from the above “role” – you should now have an idea of the different types of contract workers or visitors your site may receive.
When you’ve segmented all different kinds of visitors or worker types into groups, begin to plan what content each group needs.
Each induction should have generic information covering things such as:
- Company Introduction
- Company Culture
- Site Specific Introduction/Overview
- General Health & Safety
- Company Expectations
- Contact Information
Outside of this – you may need to create bespoke elements to meet the needs of the different kinds of workers or visitors you’ll receive.
A welder won’t need to know about lorry parking procedures on site for example.
Making The Most Of Online Inductions
Online inductions are the most efficient way for your company to onboard new staff, or provide visitors the correct level of clearance to your site.
The Intasite platform is video-led induction process, followed by questions.
For best results, we would recommend your induction video contains
- Video footage
- Audio (consider language)
- All presented in a clearly formatted and engaging manner
This may be obvious, but we see so many organisations fail to combine the above into an engaging video piece. If you need assistance with creating induction videos, contact us.
The Take Home
- Segment your workbase/induction base
- Plan & create generic induction content
- Decide core induction target groups & plan content suited to them
- Perfect your video (or get us to do it for you)
If you feel like your induction process needs a full overall, this guide will give you a complete checklist of what to cover in your induction & training plan.