Even if the first day may seem full of different activities, the first week at Grapefruit is actually reserved for the colleague to accommodate with the new work environment. He’ll be briefed on the tools we’re using, the clients he’ll work with, the project he’ll work on and meet his department. He’ll receive small tasks to get used to the project and be able to ask any questions that arise in the meantime before deep diving into the project.
The Mentoring and Buddy programs are also part of our onboarding process. First, the Mentor is a colleague from the department that will guide the newcomer throughout his journey in the first couple of months. The Mentor’s role is to clarify aspects related to projects, work processes, blockers, unclear tasks and other circumstances the new joiner will find himself in while working. There will be reflected as short 1:1 meetings in which the new employee can discuss with his Mentor the issues that have arisen during that specific week and ask for any technical explanations or advice.
The Buddy, on the other hand, is a person who’s not necessarily part of the newcomer’s team. He has the role of a somewhat “work friend”, a person with whom the new colleague can grab a coffee with, get to know, discuss, laugh, and relax. There will be a few short 1:1 meetings at first, getting to know each other and learning about their experiences. The Buddy is meant to help the new colleague integrate and better understand how the company works, and what’s the team’s vibe. They will be meeting for half an hour each day for the first week, and then 2-3 times a week until the new colleague celebrates his first month with us. Usually, they create a strong bond between one another and end up as good friends.
But this is not all, not even close. In the first week, the new colleague will have meetings with each department as well. Through them, he will be able to get to know every colleague in the company, presenting each other and even finding out common interests. Those activities will focus on the new colleague and will be organized by the HR Manager. Oftentimes, the department meetings are filled with questions about the new colleague, lots of jokes and laughter and, la pièce de résistance: plenty of promises of hanging out after business hours. Honestly, we got to give credit to everyone for keeping their promises every time.