Every New Employee Needs an On-boarding “Buddy”

Dawn Klinghoffer, Candice Young, and Dave Haspas

Updated NPS Fundamentals


New hires need immediate support and guidance in order to become productive and engaged members of your work unit. Microsoft piloted an on-boarding buddy program that benefited both the new hires and their assigned buddies. This article describes the value of on-boarding buddy programs and offers tips for creating a successful program.

What You’ll Learn

  • Three ways that on-boarding buddies help new hires
  • How the buddy benefits
  • What qualities make a good buddy match
  • Tips for creating a successful on-boarding buddy program

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Every New Employee Needs an Onboarding “Buddy”


Who might make a good on-boarding buddy for your next new hire?

What three things will you do to create or strengthen your on-boarding buddy program at your work unit?

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  1. Great article on how to help new employees feel welcomed, valued, and ready to contribute to your program/organization sooner in a substantial manner.


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