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Workers Quit After Induction Nightmares


Workers are quitting their jobs after bad inductions, according to research by recruitment site

In a survey of 5,700 workers, one in 25 had quit after a bad induction, with employees in the media and public sector being the most likely to quit - one in 17.

While nearly all - 93% - respondents said that a poor induction would have a continual bad affect on their productivity in their job.

Common problems were that inductions were too short, impersonal and downright embarrassing.

Training horror stories included:
* Impersonal - one person commented: "Induction meant teaching myself from a manual left on my desk."
* Neglectful – one woman turned up on her first day to find that her manager didn't know she had been recruited.
* Embarrassing – one new recruit was "Told to hop on one leg and sing 'We All Live in a Yellow Submarine' in front of 20 other new starters."
* Too short – one respondent was told "Here are the keys, here is my mobile number, good luck."

The survey found that over a third of inductions last for only a day, while one-in-three respondents felt induction should last a week and one-in-four wanted two weeks or more.

Head of Martin Warnes said that the effort and expense of recruitment could be wasted with a bad induction.

"The best inductions are a process not an event, they (offer) ongoing support to bring people into the culture of their new team," he added.


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