Pythian, Algonquin recognized for skilled immigrant retention practices

Buddy system, cultural competency training among award-winning initiatives
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/09/2012

Two years ago, remote database and consulting services company Pythian implemented a buddy program that pairs new hires with employees.

If the new hire is an internationally trained professional (IEP) — which many new employees are — he is paired with a buddy from a similar background, said Heidi Hauver, director of human resources.

“It helps introduce them to our internal and external programs, helps them socially integrate with our team… and when there are questions like, ‘How do I go about getting my first credit card?’ they can support each other on that,” she said. “The buddy system really allows them to have a connection right away and form a bond with one of their peers.”