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Whether you’re a new graduate or a veteran at changing companies, the first day at any role can set the tone for the rest of your stay at that job. So what’s your company doing about making it a better experience?

March 24, 2011 2:59 by

A Kipp reader once told us they had to sit through a whole day of induction on their first day at a new job. It covered policies, processes, guidelines, how to do that job right—the whole shebang. At the end of the day, armed with two 50-page booklets about the ins and outs of the company, they were now expected to become fully integrated, fully functioning members of the firm.

That particular Kipp reader is one of the only 31.1 per cent in the MENA region who said they were handed a written induction plan by the company when they joined, according to’s ‘Importance and adoption of new joiner inductions plans in the ME Workplace’.

Six months in and inundated with a heavy workload, that same Kipp reader says whatever was on those two booklets were far from the reality that was happening on the floor.

We’re pretty sure this is not an isolated case. Skills and knowhow to do a job right and to play and work well in the office can only be obtained through experience and training—the latter of which is often taken forgranted in the workplace.

That same survey also said only a little more than half (58.8 per cent) were properly trained for their positions. In Kipp’s view, a near 50-50 statistic, in reality, neither gives a positive nor negative outlook for that figure but that it only indicates the need to tip the figure towards the positive.

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