Effective inductions are key to improving staff retention

Employers
that have an effective induction process are more likely to keep new staff,
research finds.

The
study by IRS Employment Review reveals that most staff turnover occurs
during the first six months of employment, and recruiting a replacement for someone
who does not stay the course could cost anywhere between £1,300 and almost
£6,000.

The
survey of 258 HR managers in the private, public and voluntary sectors also
shows that two-thirds of employers have yet to tailor their inductions to
different job functions and requirements.

More
than one in three respondents consider that line managers are not taking the
induction process seriously.

Other
key findings:


One in four organisations nominate the HR department to have full
responsibility for the induction process


More than half of the respondents indicate that “personnel in conjunction with
line managers” have overall responsibility for new staff


One in six line managers have full responsibility for the induction of new
employees

IRS
Employment Review
managing editor Mark Crail said: “Ideally, inductions
should be short and painless, with a ‘survival guide’ to get the employee
through that all-important first few weeks. If employers get this process
right, it seems that there is a good chance they will reduce the possibility of
losing staff in the critical first six month period.”

By Ben Willmott

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