The Buddy Program is designed to assist you in becoming familiar with the office and office procedures within the first two to three months of your employment with the Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service. Your supervisor may choose to perform this role personally. If you are assigned a buddy, that person will be an experienced employee in your organizational unit who has volunteered to participate in the Buddy Program and who is committed to the mission, vision and values of FFAS.
- Introduce you to your coworkers
- Familiarize you with the equipment you need to get your job done. (Where are the supplies? What's the copier code? How do I fill out my time and attendance?)
- Serve as your point-of-contact for answering any questions you may have. (What are the lunch-break, smoking-break policies? Where is the best place to eat around here? How do I find information about ….)
- Greet you on your first day at work
- Show you around the office, introduce you to colleagues, and show you your assigned office space, restrooms, break rooms, and other facilities
- Introduce you to administrative support staff and explain their roles and procedures such as how to obtain office supplies, request repair services, make travel arrangements, etc.
- Introduce you to your timekeeper who will explain sign-in and sign-out procedures
- Explain how to access and operate equipment such as copiers, personal computers, and other equipment or systems needed to start your job
- Assist you in logging into and navigating the New Employee Orientation web site
- Be available to answer your questions related to becoming familiar with the organization and the office
- Your buddy is not a substitute for your supervisor. Topics such as conditions of employment, work assignments, performance, time and attendance, leave, career opportunities, training, conduct, etc., must be discussed with your supervisor