- To provide the new employee with a point of contact for general queries regarding day-today operational issues, [such as the location of facilities, information processing requirements and relevant company policies] and
- To help the new employee integrate with the company by providing access to someone who is familiar with our culture, attitude and expectations.
- The new employee will feel more at home with the company, in a quicker period;
- Relatively straightforward queries regarding basic operational issues are dealt with in a timely and non-bureaucratic manner;
- The initial confusion and uncertainty faced by all new employees is lessened;
- Other orientation activities, such as classroom and on-the-job training can be related to actual real-world activities, and resulting basic queries can be resolved;
- Our new employees find out how best to 'manage' us, the company, in a supportive and risk-reduced environment;
- Manger / supervisor time with new employees is freed up to deal with added value issues;
- The new employee begins to add value more quickly, leading to increased confidence and self-esteem;
- You, the buddy, are actively involved in make this a better place to work, and our new employees more productive.
- The employee's interpersonal skills; and
- Their understanding and commitment to the Company's vision and values.
- Six months expires, or either party requests it.
- The buddy relationship operates under a 'no-fault' termination mechanism. This means that if either the buddy or the new employee so requests, the buddy relationship immediately ends. The new employee is allocated another buddy, and the buddy is allocated to a different new employee.
"This article is based on material contained in ''The Complete Guide to Orientation and Re-orientation'' and ''The Complete Guide to Mentoring & Coaching''.
by Leslie McKeown
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