Mercari’s employee Buddy System: making sure international members kick off to a good start! #MercariDays
Disclamer：This interview has been conducted online, all Mercari employees are now working from home as stated in our CEO message regarding COVID-19.
Coming to work in Japan for the first time is an exciting but also challenging experience. Having the proper support is key in the process of smoothly adapting to a new life and becoming acquainted with colleagues in order to perform at optimal levels.
Understanding that, Mercari provides the Mercari Pro Pack to provide support for members facing these issues, and ensures that everyone can work at their best to fulfill our company values “Go Bold,” “All for One,” and “Be a Pro.” One of the programs that are included in this pack is the Buddy System, also known as #pj-chameleon within Mercari members, launched by Mercari’s Global Operations Team (GOT) in 2019, and created to accommodate new members relocating from outside of Japan.
At Mercari, new members who are going to be living in Japan for the first time will be assigned a mentor who provides work-related support and a buddy who provides support and consultation regarding any issues involving life in Japan. Their buddies are generally assigned for 3 months following entry and offer consultation as many times as needed.
This time we have Mizuki, Juan, and Martin talking about their personal experience living and working in a multicultural environment and how they are now applying their knowledge and skills to this program.
The challenges and rewards of living abroad.
Mizuki (@mizhrt) is a Translator and Interpreter at GOT and leader of the buddy system. We talked about his experience living abroad and how he is now supporting other members.
Keeping an open mind, learning to adapt to different situations and multiple environments.
The leaders of the buddy system are not only multilingual but also experienced in adapting to different environments and cultures. This makes them ideal mentors for Mercari’s new members who arrive in Japan.
Juan (@juan) is also a mentor and has supported 6 members so far. We asked him about his experience over the past months.
I also talked with Martin, originally from Argentina, he joined Mercari in 2019. He is one of the buddies and told us about his challenges as a newcomer.
Adapting to a new environment is a long-term process, but thanks to #pj-chameleon Mercari’s new members coming from abroad can feel more confident knowing they have a team of experienced people supporting them to make sure that they can start performing at their best and kick off working life at Mercari to a good start to its fullest.
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