Offering personal and professional help
I would say that 80% of the help you give is personal and 20% professional. If the person is new to the area, you show them where to buy clothes, groceries or things for their apartment, where the local gym is and the nearest cashpoints. On the professional side, it’s really about explaining what the different functions do and how that person’s role fits in to everything.
It can turn into a friendship
It depends on the individuals whether you remain close after the initial two or three months. If you’re a buddy you should be naturally friendly, open and helpful. I think it makes a difference if the person you’re buddying is working in the same role or team as you – you keep the professional rapport going.