The Empty Stocking – Why Most Companies Inductions Are A Disappointment on the Big Morning

Submitted on Tue 25 Jul 2023

'Twas the night before the first day of work, and the company’s new hire could hardly sleep. But as the morning dawned, their excitement turned to disappointment—a feeling similar to finding an empty stocking on Christmas morning.

In this blog post, we'll explore why most companies' induction programs fail to live up to expectations and provide insights on how to create a warm and welcoming experience for new employees. 

Let's unwrap the secrets to filling those empty stockings with delight!

Don't Be a Last-Minute Santa (Lack of Preparation):

Just like Santa Claus, a successful induction requires careful preparation. Unfortunately, many companies treat it as an afterthought, leading to a disappointing experience for new hires. To avoid this, plan ahead! Ensure that workstations, equipment, and necessary resources are ready before the first day. Prepare a well-structured agenda that introduces new employees to the company's mission, values, and culture. Be a proactive Santa, and make sure the stockings are filled before the big morning.

Remember Each Name on Santa's List (Missing the Personal Touch):

A common disappointment during inductions is the lack of personalisation. New hires often feel like a small fish in a big pond, struggling to find their place. Just as Santa knows every child's name, make an effort to know your new employees personally. Introduce them to their team members, assign a buddy or mentor, and provide opportunities for meaningful interactions. Show them that they are valued and that they belong—a personalised touch goes a long way!

Don't Be a Reindeer in Headlights (Information Overload):

Inductions often turn into overwhelming information dumps, leaving new employees feeling like reindeer caught in headlights. Avoid this by balancing the flow of information. Break it down into manageable chunks and provide resources for a later reference. Instead of relying solely on PowerPoint presentations and dull policy booklets, incorporate interactive activities, team-building exercises, and hands-on experiences. Engage the new hires and make learning fun, ensuring they absorb the necessary knowledge without feeling overwhelmed.

Santa's Naughty or Nice List (Lack of Clarity and Expectations):

New employees want to know where they stand and what is expected of them. However, many inductions fail to clearly communicate roles, responsibilities, and performance expectations. Set clear goals, outline performance metrics, and establish regular check-ins to provide feedback and support. Just like Santa's naughty or nice list, help new employees understand what it takes to be on the nice list and succeed in their roles.

Bring the Holiday Spirit (Limited Connection to Company Culture):

A crucial element of an induction is immersing new hires in the company's culture. Yet, this aspect is often neglected, leading to a disconnect. Create opportunities for new employees to experience and embrace the company's values and traditions. Celebrate successes, encourage participation in team activities, and foster a sense of camaraderie. By bringing the holiday spirit into the workplace, you'll create a vibrant and inclusive culture that fills those stockings with joy.

Employees are for life, not just for Christmas (Ignoring Feedback and Follow-Up):

After the initial induction, many companies fail to follow up or seek feedback. This leaves new employees feeling unheard and forgotten, just like children waiting for Santa's post-Christmas visit. Establish a feedback loop, conduct regular check-ins, and provide opportunities for new hires to share their experiences and ask questions. Actively listen to their feedback and make necessary adjustments. By demonstrating your commitment to their growth and happiness, you'll keep those stockings filled long after the initial induction.

Don't let your company's induction program leave new hires with empty stockings on the big morning. By addressing these factors, you can create a warm and welcoming experience that sets new employees up for success.

Remember, just as Santa brings joy and fulfilment on Christmas morning, a thoughtful and well-executed induction will leave new hires excited and motivated to contribute their best to your organisation. A well planned induction is the gift that keeps on giving!


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