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Getting new workers started: checklist

As we move towards the end of the year and with the economy showing signs of recovery, you may be planning to take on new workers in some capacity.  Here are a few do’s and dont’s when taking on new people:


  • make the recruit feel welcome
  • prioritise training that will make the worker useful
  • involve the recruit in productive activities as soon as possible
  • give the recruit opportunities to succeed
  • check their understanding of new information
  • discuss progress and problems, and modify plans accordingly.


  • make assumptions about the recruit’s knowledge, skills and attitude
  • overload the recruit with too much at once
  • rely on large quantities of written information
  • expect the recruit to perform without adequate induction.