TRIBE ONBOARDING NEW EMPLOYEE (TONE) PROGRAM
The TONE program helps new employees more quickly become part of our community and connects them with others outside of their work area.
A Tribe Connector is a faculty or staff member who volunteers to be partnered with a new employee. A Tribe Connector can help new employees through the initial phase of being in a new place.
- TONE matches seasoned and experienced employees with new employees to help them understand our culture and our workplace environment.
- Tribe Connectors help the new employees acclimate to their new surroundings.
- It is meant to generate engagement, build connections, and help the new employee navigate through our system.
- It aims to prevent our new staff from feeling isolated and/or disconnected.
- Tribe Connectors help our new employees feel welcome by promoting a sense of belonging.
- Tribe Connectors are a source of information and the go-to person to learn about resources and services (Tribe Connectors provide a point of contact in those first few months).
- Tribe Connectors help with all sorts of things from learning where to go to get coffee; how to get to different buildings; who to call to get their questions answered, or how to buy tickets for the football game.
- This program promotes relationships and builds social and professional networks.
- Participation is voluntary.
Ways Tribe Connectors May Help A New Employee
- Best nearby coffee shop or pharmacy
- Favorite or popular lunch spots
- Any important acronyms (PPF, VIMS, EAP, CAS, TSC, etc.)
- Purchasing tickets for sporting events
- How to join an affinity group
- Using multi-media services at Swem
- Information about the Rec. Center; faculty/staff fitness sessions
- How to find out about campus events
- Taking classes at W&M
- Attend a campus event.
- Meet for coffee/lunch (or after work).
- Walk together to the office that can help with a particular service/resource (Rec. Center, Ticket Box Office, Dining Center, Sadler Center, Kimball Theater, Muscarelle Museum, etc.)
- Show off our campus grounds and buildings.
- Explain how they can join one of our affinity groups.
- Review the college’s mission, vision, values, and strategic priorities.
- Share cool/fun/interesting facts about W&M.
- Introduce new colleagues.
- Showcase CW and Williamsburg, VIMS and other W&M campuses.
NOTE: Ideally, most activities will take place during your lunch hour, scheduled breaks, or after work hours.
- 90 days
- May continue longer if both the Tribe Connector and the new employee wish to continue.
The program is not designed to:
- be a replacement for the new employee’s supervisor.
- train the employee on job-required skills.
- determine a new employee’s professional development.
- monitor or review job performance.
- be a reporting tool (Tribe Connector does not report back to the new hire’s supervisor)
- advise on work-related conflict; however, the Tribe Connector may direct the new employee to our available resources and services.