The role of a buddy must be distinguished from that of a manager, mentor or coach:
A MENTOR is someone, typically more experienced, who is involved with the all around development of an individual in their business, personally, or both. You are not being asked to act as your new employee’s mentor – you are not responsible for their growth or development as an individual, and it is not part of the role of a buddy to take on such a responsibility. You will not be assessed on your success as a buddy by whether or not the new employee you work with develops as an individual during the three-month period.
A COACH is someone tasked with developing an individual’s job-specific skills. You are not being asked to act as your new employee’s coach. Although your role as buddy may involve you explaining some simple job-related issues, or explaining straightforward procedures, it is not your job to replace formal training processes. If you feel your new employee queries are too detailed or specialized for you to answer, direct them to their supervisor or manager.
You are not the new employee’s manager or supervisor. Your role as buddy does not mean you will be held responsible for your new employee’s performance. If queries arise regarding performance, disciplinary or policy matters, while you are free to give your opinion, and advice on how to approach the matter, you are not in a position to adjudicate or resolve the matter. The new employee must be directed to their manager or supervisor for resolution of the relevant issue(s).
It is estimated that your time commitment as a buddy will be 3 hours a week during the first month and then 1 hour a week during month 2 and month 3 of the relationship.