Coffee, conversation and building new friendships…
Here at Netsmart we like to be “unique”. We are not going to be like the other cookie cut outs and it may not appear to be all neat and clean around the edges, but that is how we like it. I am coming up on my one year anniversary here at Netsmart and I have been reflecting on my time here. What makes us different? What are my struggles and is it possible that others are feeling the same? The phrase “we move at the speed of thought” rings in my ears daily. As a new associate I own my own success. I want to be in the driver seat and I hope others feel the same. With that said, Netsmart Managers and Peer contacts own this process as well. Peer contacts and managers are the front line for our newbies. A peer contact can be a resource, a crutch and the sounding board. As a peer contact you are able to bridge the gap between being overwhelmed with information overload.
Our Peer Program provides new associates with someone who can help them through their transition into the company. The goal is to help ease the pressure of starting a new job, have an additional point of contact and accelerate the learning curve. A voice to be that friendly reminder that you they just need to step back, take a deep breath and they will be ok. As a peer contact you will have many opportunities to build new friendships. Here is some feedback I have received from our program recently.
Sarah D said “I liked being able to help her transition into her new role. It was nice to be able to get out of the office and go to Starbucks to chat vs. in a conference room in the office”
Hannah K said “For the peer, it is a good way to bring new people (and their fresh ideas) into the folds of your established role. This will likely lead not only to new relationships; but perhaps a new way of approaching challenges in our day to day roles.
John W said “I always have been in favor of a mentor / mentee relationship since it eases the person into the daily work and culture. Less stress and gives them a good base for questions and assistance.
As I am reading through the comments and feedback on our Netsmart Peer program I hear the song The Pointer Sisters singing “We are Family”. My favorite part of the song is:
Living life is fun and we’ve just begun
To get our share of the world’s delights
High hopes we have for the future
And our goal’s in sight
No we don’t get depressed
Here’s what we call our golden rule
Have faith in you and the things you do
You won’t go wrong, oh no
This is our family Jewel, yeah
We are family!!
Thank you to everyone who has participated in our Peer Program thus far. We are just getting started. Don’t be surprised if you receive an email from me letting you know you have been selected to be a Peer contact to one of our new associates followed by your Starbucks e-gift card. Coffee for you and your new mentee of course.
We are family….
Katy B, Netsmart Onboarding Queen… pointing you in the right direction!