The pairing up of your newly hired employee with an existing employee as a buddy, a guide and maybe even a mentor is a great way to develop talent on several levels. For the new hire it gives them a peer of your choosing to hit up with basic questions, as well as to go to on work related matters, organizational info, etc. For the “mentor” it could create their first exposure to a management situation and thereby can serve as the starting point for their training. It also takes the stress off the manager to hand hold. All in all a very solid strategy worth employing.