The main benefit of this practice is that this kind of training improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the support staff work. It also increases the levels of satisfaction of the end-users such as researchers in mobility, international PhD students and academic staff.
This training should be offered to all newcomer staff. It will enhance the procces of introduction to the newcomers and shorter the time for their integration.
As a result the newcomers will be able to engage in the process faster and deliver high-quality service, improving their capacity for the job.
Improved skills and knowledge Better communication and cooperation Improved quality of service
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In order to set up this practice, it is necessary to consider the internal plans for new staff appointments, collaborating with the HR department.
Focusing on the main duties and responsibilities of the new staff member, draft a set-up plan, considering:
An internal knowledge exchange/communication platform could serve as an optimal tool for instant help in case of any doubts that need to be discussed. It can be just a discussion forum or it can be a more complex platform enabling storage of emails templates to different model situations as well as official replies from respective national authorities on the matters relevant for incoming PhD students and academics (Immigration office, national labour office/agency, social security agency, etc.). Newcomers can greatly benefit from the platform.
Also, FAQs for support staff is a very helpful tool for (but not only) newcomers. Since being revied and proofread they present a reliable source of information.
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During the delivery stage, focus on the specific expectations of the new staff members and fine-tune the staff induction program;
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At the University of York, UK, there is established 4-level program for induction of new staff, researchers and managers. Practical and detailed example on how to effectively manage the university staff.