If you are intrigued on how a buddy onboarding programme works and how it can improve your onboarding experiences, we have devoted an entire article to it on our Blog HR.
Benefits of Onboarding Programmes
Onboarding at most organizations focuses on paperwork and administrative processes rather than the more important elements of people, culture, and performance. Sure, administrative work has to be performed, but this is far from being the end goal of onboarding. As such we are differentiating between two main pillars pertaining to the benefits of onboarding programmes:
New Hire Proficiency
Social tools can improve employee onboarding, and no example is more illustrative than the buddy onboarding programme.
HCI reports that 87% of organizations that do assign a buddy programme to their new employee during the onboarding process say that it is an efficient way to boost new hire proficiency. However, only 53% of all the respondents to the study confirmed utilising a buddy programme as part of their onboarding process.
Onboarding buddies can be seen as culture ambassadors, who can orient and acclimate you to your new company in a bid to ensure best company fit. Since the buddy onboarding is more informal, there is less pressure on you, which might prevent you asking “too many questions,” or not wanting to appear unprepared due to all the information you might still feel like you need.
Building Meaningful Social Connections
Additionally, another of the social benefits of a good onboarding programme is building an internal network not only within your department but also across departments.
49% of the respondents of our Pre & Onboarding Survey 2021 revealed that they did not get introduced at all to other departments of the company during their onboarding programme.
We consider this to be a huge missed opportunity. If your company hasn’t already planned a cross-training or an introduction to the other departments during your onboarding period, it will be a good idea to ask whether you could book short introductory meetings in the first weeks.
Meeting colleagues across all departments will give you the chance to hear more about their role & responsibilities. After all, you are all working towards accomplishing the same goals!
So, team and organisational cohesion can only occur when you feel like you belong to the company and like you are putting all your efforts towards a shared mission and objectives.