Built-in buddies generate several benefits for your business. Check out some of the advantages you can see from implementing a buddy system at work.
Improve Communication and Collaboration
Employees don’t always have the means to foster relationships at work, especially in a remote work environment. That can take a toll on workplace communication.
A buddy system helps improve communication by breaking down barriers and facilitating communication among employees. In a buddy system, employees are paired with someone they can go to with any questions or concerns. Onboarding partners give new hires someone they can reach out to for help with understanding the company culture, expectations, and policies during the onboarding process. This fosters stronger connections among employees and helps new hires feel more comfortable communicating with someone they know.
Additionally, onboarding partners can help promote collaboration among employees since they’ll develop the habit of working more closely together. This close working relationship can help improve the overall workflow, as employees will be able to share knowledge and ideas more easily.
Increase Job Satisfaction and Engagement
A buddy system at work can improve employee satisfaction and engagement in a lot of ways. It can help new hires feel more comfortable by giving them someone to ask questions of and learn from, for instance. A buddy also can offer support during difficult projects by making sure that employees have someone to rely on.
Onboarding partners also improve engagement by providing a built-in social network and support system. It provides an opportunity for new employees to get to know each other better and build relationships. This is important because research has shown that employees who have friends at work are more likely to feel satisfied with their jobs and less likely to leave their companies.
In fact, nearly all respondents (95%) in a recent JobSage survey reported being happier when they had friends in the workplace. And 92% reported that having friends impacted their decision to stay with a company. Having a buddy system helps you harness these benefits by giving new hires a chance to form relationships with other employees right from the start.
The buddy system also provides support during difficult projects by giving employees someone to rely on or talk to, someone they can turn to for help when they’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed out. Additionally, it provides an opportunity for employees to offer support and encouragement to each other during difficult times.
Reduce Feelings of Isolation
Isolation can be a big problem in the workplace, especially in a remote or hybrid setting. That can lead to employees feeling disengaged, unmotivated, and even depressed from the very start. Onboarding buddies can help reduce feelings of isolation in the workplace by providing employees with support and friendship.
Having scheduled visits, for example, prevents employees from shutting themselves off from others. That provides a healthy outlet for raising challenges they’ve experienced, for example, and gives team members an opportunity to talk things through before bringing them up to a manager. That connection helps them feel less alone and more empowered.
Drive Connection and Culture
Buddies can provide support to new hires as they transition into the workplace and help them adjust and begin to feel comfortable in their new environment. Additionally, onboarding buddies can introduce new hires to the company culture, values, and expectations.
Culture is challenging to teach and difficult to learn in a workplace setting. With a buddy, new hires can experience the culture for themselves and then talk it through with someone who’s been there longer and understands the culture better.
Additionally, buddies can help new hires navigate the social scene and bridge any gaps in communication. This helps new hires feel included and enables them to hit the ground running and be productive members of the team from day one.
Improve Workplace Safety
The buddy system can help improve workplace safety by providing employees with a partner to rely on. Buddies can help each other stay aware of potential hazards and keep each other safe. In the event of an accident, buddies can provide support and assistance. Buddies also can help each other stay calm in emergency situations.
Having a buddy at work also helps employees feel more comfortable speaking up about any safety concerns they may have. One employee may feel scared to raise safety or compliance issues on their own, but they might feel more empowered to do so with someone else backing them up.