Sway Ventures
Jul 13, 2017 · 2 min read

What is a buddy?

A buddy is someone who partners with a new employee during his/her first month of employment. While primarily responsible for offering advice and guidance regarding the day-to-day aspects of working at Le Tote, the buddy may also offer encouragement and knowledge resources, as they help introduce the new employee to the Le Tote culture.

Why have a buddy?

The purpose of new employees being assigned a buddy is to help welcome employees and reaffirm their decision to join Le Tote. It provides new employees with a reliable, motivated, single point-of-contact for their basic questions regarding their work experience at Le Tote. It also helps establish orientation as a process, rather than a single learning event. Other advantages of having a buddy include:

  • Build on the knowledge obtained in the New Employee Orientation and department orientation
  • Enable new employees to become knowledgeable about department practices and organizational culture in a shorter period
  • Ensure that routine queries regarding basic operational issues are dealt with expeditiously
  • Reduce the initial confusion and uncertainty faced by all new employees.
  • Increase the new employee’s self-confidence allowing him/her to focus on adding value to the organization and help them getting acclimated to our culture, values and improving their overall experience

Buddy Responsibilities

  • Contact and meet with the new employee on Day 1
  • Establish rapport with the new employee
  • Have lunch with the new employee at least 1 time. WE anticipate a 30 day window to partner with the new hire. Also try and set up a coffee in the 30 day window. if possible.
  • Act as an informational resource on policies and procedures
  • Help socialize the new employee to Le Tote’s guidelines, norms and culture.
  • Answer general/routine questions
  • Make introductions
  • Follow up with the new employee on a weekly basis- 5–15 minutes upto the 30 day period.

Tips for Buddies

  • Don’t worry about being perceived as the expert. Focus your attention on the new employee
  • Be patient: It takes time to develop a relationship. Don’t try to cover everything right away. think about all our first 30 days in any new job :).
  • Try to identify the new employee’s personality and communication style and adapt accordingly
  • Simply offer feedback
  • Maintain a good attitude and a teaching spirit. Try and be a little patient along the way. For a lot of us this may be a first experience being a buddy.

Sway Ventures

We invest in high performing teams, building revolutionary technology, creating the next enterprise or consumer category. With a focus on strategic capitalization, business development support, and engineered exits, we provide great teams with the support they need to change the

Sway Ventures

Written by

Sway Ventures is a US-based venture capital firm investing in early to mid-stage technology companies.

Sway Ventures

We invest in high performing teams, building revolutionary technology, creating the next enterprise or consumer category. With a focus on strategic capitalization, business development support, and engineered exits, we provide great teams with the support they need to change the

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch
Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore
Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade