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Why to use a buddy scheme to mentor new starters

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Why to use a buddy scheme to mentor new starters

Starting a new job is a nerve wracking experience. There’s no other way of putting it. You’re not too sure where everything is, who everyone is and someone keeps hiding the printer!

With these things in mind it’s easy to understand why it might be worth you introducing a buddy system as a tool your new starter can use to get settled in.

A buddy can provide support, socialisation and share insight into the organisation. Essentially they help them feel less like an outsider and more like part of the team!

With that in mind here are the top 3 reasons to use a buddy scheme, explained:


A buddy can provide them with support in their role. They can answer any questions they might have about the organisation and policies, as well as advice on the expectations and what the culture is like within the company to help them fit in.


A buddy allows them to get to know someone who they might not necessarily work with directly. This gets them talking and socialising with more people and settling in with the team as a whole.


The best thing a buddy can do is share insight into the organisation. They can direct the new starter on the best people to speak to regarding different topics and make introductions to help a new starter feel more settled and in touch with the people they need to be.

Tamzyn Roscoe in our HR team at Swanstaff said:                                            

“Starting a new job can be very daunting and stressful, therefore we like to assign a ‘buddy’ to ensure that they have all of the support they need. Their buddy is someone who works in a different location allowing them to meet other employees and have a range of different people to access support from. We have found our scheme to be hugely successful and highly recommend using one.”

Has your company got a buddy system or would you like to introduce one? What are your top tips for settling new starters? Let us know in the comments!

If you’re looking for new staff then get in touch with your local branch today.