Understanding What it Means to be a New Hire Buddy

 

New Hire Buddy Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrates strong performance
  • Has been given time by hiring manager to be accessible to the new hire
  • Knowledgeable in their new hire's job role/function
  • Has patience and good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Is not the new hire's direct supervisor
  • Has a positive reputation among their peers

Buddy Responsibilities

  • Contact and meet with the new hire on day 1 or prior to day 1
  • Establish a rapport with the new hire
  • Have lunch or coffee with the new hire at least once a month if possible (Via Zoom or MS Teams if there are limitations/restrictions)
  • Act as an informal resource on policies and procedure 
  • Help socialize the new hire to the company culture
  • Answer general/routine questions
  • Make introductions
  • Ensure open communication between the new hire and the buddy advisor; respect confidentiality
  • Check-in with the new hire on an agreed scheduled frequency (e.g., daily, every other day, or weekly at a minimum)

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What a Buddy is Not

  1. Mentor: Someone, typically more senior/experienced, that is involved in the overall development of an individual. Usually more overall career development focused. 
  2. Manager: Someone responsible for the new hire's job performance. If queries arise regarding performance, disciplinary, or policy matters, the buddy is free to give her/his opinion an advice. However, they are not in a position to take action on the matter. The new hire must be directed to their supervisor for resolution of the issue. 

Tips for Buddy 

  1. Don't worry about being perceived as an expert. Focus on the new hire
  2. Be patient - It takes time to develop a relationship. Don't try to cover everything in the first meeting
  3. Be positive - new employees will grow into their roles if given proper encouragement
  4. Don't try to force a relationship
  5. Try to read the new hire's personality and communication style, then adapt accordingly
  6. Don't judge. Simply offer feedback
  7. Maintain a positive attitude and a teaching spirit