It’s easy to forget that the first step in an employee’s safety training begins when they are inducted. Your induction program is often their first insight into your organisation’s approach to safety. Employees will take that attitude on board as they enter into their day-to-day work duties.
You’ve just hired an experienced forklift driver. You’ve been understaffed in the warehouse for two weeks and the boxes are piling up. Before he can start work, he has to be inducted. The floor manager, overworked and eager to get the new guy on the job, hands him the induction booklet. “You know all this stuff. It’s pretty standard. Just sign it and let’s get on with it,” he says. And he’s right, the new guy does know it, after all, he’s been doing similar work in similar environments for 10+ years. But here’s the thing. What the floor manager has just done is establish an attitude that the forklift driver will immediately adopt – Things here are pretty casual. To change that attitude is now going to take a lot of work.
Establishing a culture of value
You should view your inductions as an opportunity to set a positive standard throughout your organisation, at every level. It is the single most effective time to show employees and contractors your company’s commitment to safety. The first step is to ask yourself, what are your biggest challenges concerning induction and where are the weak links?
Do you have multiple sites?
Are you getting a consistent message across all divisions?
Are you able to measure your inductees’ understanding of the content you are giving them?
Can you even guarantee that they are receiving it?
Do you have control over content?
Is it up to date?
If you are not getting a consistent message to all employees right off the bat, then there’s probably room for improvement. While there are a number of induction resources to consider, an online induction software that allows you to create and edit your own course content is the best way to go. There are a number of solutions out there, so have a look around, but we believe that Rapid Induct is the best system on the market. Contact us today for a free demonstration.