Impact of insufficient workplace induction & training

The hidden costs of inadequate induction training: Safeguarding your organisation

Effective induction training is the cornerstone of organisational success, yet its significance is often overlooked. Inadequate induction processes can have far-reaching consequences, affecting employee performance, organisational culture, and even legal compliance. In this blog, Dr Richard Dune delves into the profound impact of insufficient induction training and offers actionable insights to mitigate risks and safeguard your organisation..

Key facts and statistics

  • According to a study by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), employees who experience a well-structured onboarding process are 69% more likely to stay with a company for three years.
  • Research conducted by Gallup revealed that only 12% of employees strongly agree that their organisation does a great job of onboarding new employees.
  • The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that effective induction training reduces the time it takes for employees to reach total productivity by up to 50%.

Key definitions

  • Induction training - The process of integrating new employees into an organisation, providing them with the information, tools, and resources necessary to succeed in their roles.
  • Onboarding - A strategic process encompassing induction training and extending beyond the initial orientation period, focusing on long-term integration and engagement.

Relevant legislation, regulations, and best practice

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 - Employers are legally obligated to provide adequate training to ensure the health and safety of their employees.
  • Equality Act 2010 - Organisations must provide inclusive induction training that addresses diversity, equality, and inclusion to foster a supportive and respectful workplace culture.
  • Best practice - Industry standards such as ISO 9001 emphasise the importance of effective training processes to enhance quality management and organisational performance.

The hidden costs of inadequate induction training

  • Employee turnover - Poorly onboarded employees are more likely to become disengaged and seek opportunities elsewhere, increasing turnover rates and associated recruitment costs.
  • Decreased productivity - New employees may struggle to perform their duties efficiently without proper training and guidance, leading to decreased productivity and suboptimal performance.
  • Safety risks - Inadequate induction training in health and safety protocols can expose employees to workplace hazards, increasing the likelihood of accidents and injuries.
  • Legal compliance - Failure to provide comprehensive induction training may result in non-compliance with regulatory requirements, leading to legal repercussions and financial penalties.


  • Invest in comprehensive onboarding programs - Develop structured onboarding processes that encompass induction training, ongoing support, and opportunities for skill development.
  • Utilise technology - Leverage e-learning platforms and digital resources to deliver interactive and engaging induction training accessible anytime and anywhere.
  • Feedback and evaluation - Solicit feedback from new employees to continuously improve the effectiveness of induction training programs, ensuring alignment with organisational goals and employee needs.


Inadequate induction training poses significant risks to organisational success, affecting employee retention, productivity, and legal compliance. Organisations can mitigate these risks by prioritising comprehensive onboarding processes, investing in employee development, and fostering a culture of excellence. Take proactive steps today to safeguard your organisation's future.

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About the author

Dr Richard Dune

With over 20 years of experience, Richard blends a rich background in NHS, the private sector, academia, and research settings. His forte lies in clinical R&D, advancing healthcare tech, workforce development and governance. His leadership ensures regulatory compliance and innovation align seamlessly.

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