Use the Buddy System to Train New Hires

Before your new hire starts, designate one of your best-performing staff members as the new hire’s buddy or mentor. They’ll be your new employee's point person for any questions in their first few weeks and beyond. This gives your new team member a chance to ask questions and learn from someone on their level. Whether or not the buddy will also be the person training your new hire is up to you — there’s pros and cons to either way of doing it — but make sure you’ve gone over your expectations of what it means to be a buddy to the employee you’ve tasked with it.

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