The Buddy System is an onboarding and information-sharing process for new workers. It’s a system in which new employees are paired with experienced employees, who help them learn the ropes, answer any questions they have, and generally make their transition to their new job as smooth as possible.
The Buddy System can be especially helpful for newcomers unfamiliar with the company’s culture or with the specific job they’ve been hired to do. By pairing them with someone who can act as a mentor and guide, the Buddy System helps new employees get up to speed quickly and confidently.
A buddy should be a pleasant volunteer with high personal performance standards, have a good attitude, and communicate effectively.
The buddy’s responsibility is not to act as the new employee’s supervisor. Building a foundation for the supervisor to guide the employee in the future and should not be outsourced to the buddy is achieved through training and sharing performance criteria and evaluations.