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Induction Training: Effective steps for Investing in People reviewed


Title:Induction Training: Effective steps for Investing in People
Author: Michael Meighan
Publisher: Kogan Page
Year: 2000
Format: Paperback, 152 pages
Price: £16.99
ISBN: 0 7494 3303 5

The author, a writer of a previous book on this subject, recognises and confirms the essential nature of effective induction in training and in organizations. He has considerable experience and knowledge of the subject and this is strongly reflected in the book. He points out strongly that induction is not just for the school-leaver who is starting his or her new job, a view held by many, but is also for all people entering a new organization, whether for an extension of their previous job, a new job, or as a career move. It is also essential when new, internal jobs are taken up, new developments take place, or perhaps after a person’s long absence from work (eg through illness) when changes may have occurred. The person’s level in the organization is also considered and there are recommendations for induction from the lowest levels to Director level. All suffer stress to some degree because of these changes and this can be alleviated by an effective induction period.

The nine chapters cover every aspect of induction with case studies, checklists, guidelines and models in profusion. The chapter contents range from arguments and reasons for having induction; who should be inducted; the design and delivery of induction programmes; the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to deliver; who does it; induction as part of the total employment process cycle, from starting to leaving; and the quality issues of induction. Three appendices complete the book – a sample induction training course programme; a checklist for planning a training course; and legislation applying to the induction process.

If you have to design, deliver or manage an induction programme, you will find ample guidance and advice on every aspect of the process. I well recommend this book, which is comprehensive and wide-ranging, yet written in a clear, pleasant style. The book invites frequent dipping-in and will be useful to experienced and inexperienced trainers alike.

Induction Training: Effective steps for Investing in People
was reviewed by Leslie Rae.


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