A buddy system, a form of mentoring, is an orientation approach that pairs a new employee with an experienced co-worker for a few weeks. Sharing knowledge and experience helps new employees learn more about their new workplace’s mission, culture and responsibilities. It also fosters an organization’s culture by allowing employees to share their previous work experiences. The buddy system is an effective way to help new employees acclimate to their new environment and quickly get them up to speed. However, it can also be used for mentoring and career development. By pairing experienced employees with newer ones, organizations can create a culture of learning and development that benefits everyone involved.
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