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TONE Program

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.

Tribe Connectors 

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.

Program Overview 
  • 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
Activity Suggestions 
  • 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.

Time Commitment 
  • 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.