Human Resources

New Hire Peer Mentorship

Before the first day of work, every new staff member should be assigned a new hire peer mentor by their supervisor.

Having a new hire peer mentor is an important part of the onboarding process. New employees actually accept our job offer twice, once when they agree to join us and again, after about 30 days on the job, when they decide if they want to stay! The first 30 days of employment are crucial.

A good new hire peer mentor is someone who is successful in their position at Reed and willing to spend time to welcome new employees to our community. Most often, the peer mentor works in a different division and is someone that the new hire would not work closely with, otherwise. The peer mentor does not need to have a certain amount of tenure, nor do they need to match the new employee's age, gender, or other identities.

New hire peer mentors have two responsibilities:

  1. Stop by the new employee's desk to introduce themselves on their first day of work
  2. Meet with new employee once a week for the first four weeks. You may
    • Have lunch at commons (stop by HR to pick up free meal tickets for both of you)
    • Get together at Paradox for coffee
    • Tour the mentor's department and introduce the new person around
    • Take a walk or tour around campus
    • Attend a campus event together, such as a meeting or a lecture
    • Chat at either the mentor's or mentee's desk

There is no expectation that a mentor will spend time with a new hire after hours or off campus.

Past mentors have noted that this program is just as valuable to them as it is to the new hire. Just as often as not, the new hire is mentoring the mentor!