💛 AKA onboarding besties.
The onboarding buddy experience is when a new starter is connected with someone more experienced at Remote.
For a new starter, this offers you someone (outside of your manager and your direct team) as a first point of contact for day to day questions. Granted, the onboarding buddy program is often seen as a way to help someone new become familiar with Remote, but it's not purely that.
At Remote, we view the onboarding buddy experience as the beginning of social connectedness in the workplace, helping you expand your network, develop your leadership and communication skills, and improve your overall work/life experience.
The best onboarding buddy experiences are casual and unstructured so you are free to determine the what, when and how in a way that best suits your style and availability.
Everyone is different, and this experience is a special one rooted in friendship, not what you should or shouldn't do.
In fact, what your buddy needs and wants cannot be read in a guide, but is discovered in good listening and empathy.
In any case, you can always rely on this proposed one-month relationship that has worked for others.
The onboarding buddy is responsible for scheduling meeting times with the new starter that work for both buddies.
To start, every good experience has a beginning and an ending over a certain timeframe.