Peer Partnering

A peer partner assists hiring managers and shares the work involved with onboarding a new employee. They play an informal but vital role in making the new employee feel at ease during their transition into the new job. Selected on a voluntary basis, the peer partner should be a high-performing individual and have strong people skills and a history of commitment to their job, the organization, and our shared public sector values. Peer partners should also have the means and ability to follow up on administrative procedures related to the employee’s arrival.

As a manager, you will need to:

  1. Assign a peer partner who is:
    1. Committed to their job
    2. Patient, with good communication skills
    3. Willing, motivated and available to help
    4. Knowledgeable about the Department (their L1, section, and/or team)
    5. Committed to the mission, vision and values of the DND and to your unit
    6. Proud to work for the organization
  1. Define the role of the peer partner and ensure that they are available to:
    1. Help the new employee familiarize with their new surroundings
    2. Answer general questions during the first few days or weeks
    3. Explain how the team interacts
    4. Provide some training
    5. Help the new employee integrate within the team
  1. Provide a copy of the Manager’s Onboarding Checklist for New Students to your peer partner and work as a team to identify the tasks that they would need to complete to help onboard their new employee to DND.
  1. Ensure that the identified peer partner has sufficient notice to prepare for the new employee’s arrival.
  2. Follow-up with the identified peer partner to ensure that they have completed all of their onboarding tasks with the new employee.

For additional resources and information about Virtual Onboarding, please visit the Working Remotely page on the Defence Team COVID-19 website.

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