According to HCI, 87 percent of organizations that assign an ambassador or buddy program during the onboarding process say that it's an effective way to speed up new hire proficiency.
While a buddy program
is considered highly effective, fewer than half (47 percent) of organizations include it in their onboarding program. A buddy program is fairly easy to implement—and it’s free! Just match a seasoned employee with your new hire, and request that they check in once a week for the first month, and 1-2x per month thereafter, to make sure your new hire is acclimating to their new environment. They can introduce the new hire to other employees, help them find their way around the office, and show them local coffee shops and lunch spots.