How to Write an Induction Letter
An induction letter could be said to be a welcome letter to an employer or to welcome a new member to a union or professional body. In this article today, we will look at how to write a letter of induction to a new employer as well as a welcome letter to a professional body inductee.
When an organization finds the perfect new addition to their team, one who will help the company continue to grow its business. Once the Human Resources (HR) department is aware and has sprung into action to inform the existing team members. The next line of action is composing and sending out a welcome letter.
This is one of the most crucial pieces of communication in the whole induction process. It sets the tone for your new employee’s working life to come and plays a practical role in setting them up to hit the ground running. With this in mind, it’s important to get it right. And there are two areas to cover off, one is personal, one is more practical.
Reasons for Writing an Induction Letter
Inform about the personal details
The most important thing a welcome letter does is reinforce in the employee’s mind that you remain satisfied with the decision to offer them a job. The value of this can’t be underestimated, as it will arrive in a period that is often characterized by some small measure of anxiety and concern about their ability to pull off the new role.
By reminding them you have faith, will help to ensure they arrive on day one confident and excited about the challenges that lie ahead. Just make sure you say not only what you expect from them, but what you intend to give.
The other point to note is to make sure the letter is sent by someone they either know of or will be working with. This could be the person who interviewed them, the head of human resources or the person who is going to be their direct supervisor. Again, it just gives them a point of reference and contact for their early days.
You can also go off-topic with some information that will be welcomed, if not essential. This could be the availability of parking; the nearest public transport hub and an idea of what types of businesses and services are in the vicinity. This is especially important if they haven’t been to the office, as a suggestion to make sure they bring lunch since there are no cafes nearby will save them ending their first day able to think of nothing else but how hungry they are.
Give official details
The welcome letter should also take the opportunity to cover anything the employee needs to know in advance, or on their induction day.
Firstly, tell them where to go when they arrive to start work. If they need to turn up at the reception and ask for the head of HR, include those details. If they need to go to a certain department on a certain floor, give direction and a name. The point is to give them a sense of direction to avoid a situation where they appear at the front desk and not knowing where to go or who to ask for.
Along those lines, make sure you spell out the resumption time, the closing time, the dress code and anything else that’s crucial. Note that it is essential to include the dress code, because not knowing how to look when you show up on the first day, can leave one feeling ousted.
Also, include in the letter an outline of how their first day on the job will most likely go. If they’ve had a job before they’ll probably have some idea what to expect in terms of induction. However, a timetable that identifies timeslots, participants and the general nature of the chat can help them prepare, especially as it may give them the chance to prepare any questions they may have. It would be of great help if you can just roughly touch on the first week’s schedule, so they have an idea of how many days of induction they will face before diving into the real job, as well as where they’ll be expected to be by the end of their first week of employment.
A letter of induction meant for an employee should provide the chance to make a start on the paperwork that’s traditionally involved with an induction. Range from filling in a full employee contact sheet with details including next of kin, to an employee handbook, with policies ranging from sexual harassment to bullying, for them to review and acknowledge. It may help to shave a little off the time they’re expected to spend with their nose in paper and files on day one. Just make sure you include a contact within the department, so they have someone to raise any issues with, rather than waiting until they arrive.
In short, a welcome letter makes true the idea that first impressions count. So, take the time to craft it perfectly. It is worth the effort to ensure your new employee arrives on day one well briefed, passionate, and ready to go.
Induction letter for a professional body/organization
This type of induction letter is written to honour the individual it is meant for. It is a perfectly executed document written to reflect directly on the professionalism of the individual and the organization. The letters distinguish the honoured individual from others in his profession and memorialize the historical event. Here are some useful guides you can follow to execute this task of writing an induction letter efficiently.
Guide to writing an induction letter
- Start the body of the letter with a salutation, such as Dear, followed by the recipient’s name and a colon. State immediately that the purpose of the letter is to nominate the individual for induction or to induct the individual into a specific elected office, government position, military service, political organization, or Hall of Fame. Include the official date and reason for induction.
- Outline the formal processes required for the induction and how the individual has met the criteria. State your professional or personal relationship to the individual and interest in presenting the letter of induction. Add the number of years that you have worked with the individual and organization. Detail three distinguishing facts about the honoured individual.
- Start your letter in a block format with a standard font type and size. Most businesses accept Times New Roman in 12-point font as an industry standard. The Arial font may also be accepted. Align the entire letter along the left margin. The letter should be single-spaced in general and double spaced between paragraphs.
- Use official letterhead, personalized stationery or add the sender’s address at the top of the page. The sender’s name and official title can be included in the sender’s address, although the sender will also conclude the letter with those details. Double-space under the sender’s address and type in the actual, commencement or ceremonial date. Double-space after the date and before the recipient’s address.
- Conclude the letter with a positive note and optimistic outlook. State your expectations for the individual and what the induction of this individual will mean to the organization. Offer congratulations to the honoured individual, her family, and the organization.
- Skip one line after the body of the letter. Add a closing, such as Sincerely yours, followed by a comma. Only the first letter of the first word should be capitalized. Leave space between the closing and sender’s name for the sender’s signature. Four single spaces should be sufficient.