Induction is a crucial and essential procedure for both new staff and existing contractors. Induction is often done quickly, or in a monotonous manner that may include token questions or interactions which can leave you feeling a bit forgetful after a while. Online inductions encourage participants to do other activities while they watch the screen. The honesty inductions, where you declare that you have completed the training and will provide proof if required, are often ignored or not given enough time. These can cause misunderstandings and risk to both the organisation as well the person. They also may unintentionally create more safety and security risks. This can lead to increased liability for your company.
I did an online induction for a major global company. In the five minutes (total), the only important information was where to enter and exit the building in the event of an evacuation. There was no information about the actual evacuation. I wasn’t asked if I completed the induction. I also wasn’t questioned about the content. However, I had access almost to the entire 30-story building.
It is important to remember the induction process.
This is a great idea for reorganizing your induction process.
• Make it interesting with a good personable presenter who hits the main security and safety points in the first instance, then comes back to those points as examples throughout the process.
• Keep the induction within the shortest time period while focusing on the key information you need to get across; for example around 20 – 40 mins only.
• Provide interactive examples where each attendee can comment, ask, and also share their experiences; this brings more interest and thought to the induction training.
• Do not overfill the room so that people can simply sit at the back and coast through the process.
• If you have slides then take as many words away as possible and let the pictures and colors do the talking, make those images captivating and engaging.
• Conduct Q and A throughout the process and especially at the end in the form of either a competition between people or groups, or picking people in no particular order and quizzing them.
• Refresh all staff and contractors in this training each 6 – 12 months
• Keep accurate records of who was inducted and when
• Make it fun!
• Make it engaging!
• No matter how boring you think the induction information is you can make it interesting!
Security risk management is also done through the induction of people to remember. This is a simple way for people to reduce risk and liability by remembering more and then immediately practicing what they were taught.
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