We've made 3+ million intros for over 5,000 teams, and one of the most common questions we still get is "what are other teams doing with Donut?"
Here's your definitive guide to setting up all kinds of connections programs, most of which take 10 minutes or less, inspired by some of the best companies in the world from IBM to Culture Amp.
Find a program you like? Click the link in the program title, and you'll get step-by-step instructions for setup.
🤝 Create Authentic Relationships for Teammates
Bridge distances and get teammates talking.
Cross-department intros - Sales, meet marketing. Engineering, meet customer support. Make sure that teammates from different departments know each other.
Intros across offices - Does SF feel a million miles away from NYC? Are London and Chicago totally disconnected? Nudge teammates that wouldn't normally meet to get in some Facetime.
Remote coffee meetups - Is your team fully remote? Split across different offices? Coffee via Zoom is the new 21st-century watercooler.
All-hands breakouts - Amp up the benefits of all-hands meetings by creating small discussion groups and offering a prompt to kickstart the conversation.
Lunch lottery - Send a few lucky winners per month to lunch on the company, because the best bonds are built over tacos.
Mergers + acquisitions - Are you in the midst of a merger? Make the transition easier by intentionally introducing new teammates across companies.
📚 Spread Knowledge Across the Company
Leverage existing skills and knowledge by allowing peers to share with one another.
Peer mentor program - Match mentors with mentees, and offer a discussion prompt.
Job shadowing - Let teammates offer each other the opportunity to join job shadowing sessions that create empathy and share skills. Use Cross-group Intros to have employees from different teams meet each other.
Peer learning sessions - Have an Excel whiz on the team? Want everyone to benefit from a good public speaker's techniques? Pair colleagues interested in discussing a particular topic so they can share knowledge. You can create multiple channels based on interest, and have people join the specific channel's that interest them.
Sales demo buddies - Pair account executives for joint sales demo calls and feedback sessions.
Code review pals - Introduce engineers for code review sessions and constructive feedback.
👋 Build Relationships for New Hires
Give new hires a warm welcome by introducing them to everyone they need to know.
New Hire buddies - Give new hires a built-in friend during onboarding who can support them during their first week weeks, and answer questions about anything from "where's the bathroom?" to "how do I print this?"
Lunch pals - Introduce new hires to a variety of teammates (and ensure they always have someone to sit with) through a lunch pals program.
Connections buddies - Assign a point-person who's familiar with the new hire's role and can make sure they meet everyone they might need to be successful from IT to team leads.
Job shadowing - Help new hires ramp quickly by assigning them job-shadow sessions within their department, or give them an overview of the company by introducing them to people in other roles.
💻 Keep Leadership Connected
Give teammates regular opportunities to chat, brainstorm, and give feedback to leadership.
CEO coffee lottery - Pick 4 lucky teammates per month to go to coffee with the CEO.
Leadership roundtables - Once a month, pair team leads with a group from their department for a productive discussion and brainstorm.
Team lead 1:1s - Prompt team leads to meet with direct reports once a month for a one-to-one discussion.
Is something missing? If you run a program you think should be featured here or have questions about whether you can do something in Donut, just hit the chat bubble on the right-hand side of the screen. We'd love to hear from you 😊