Professional & Organizational Development

New Employee Orientation

POD facilitates the in-person New Employee Orientation workshop, which is strongly recommended for new staff members with home departments on the Seattle campus. In addition to providing a dynamic orientation to the UW, New Employee Orientation gives you an opportunity to receive materials, meet fellow new employees, ask questions, and, for those in applicable positions, talk with union representatives.

Upcoming workshops:

  • Monday, December 11, 1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Medical Centers employees: Please note that UW Medicine New Employee Orientation, which is different from the above workshop, is a required training that welcomes new employees to the organization’s mission, vision, and values.


Coming in 2018: Welcome Day, the improved orientation that combines the current Benefits and New Employee Orientations, launches January 8, 2018. Welcome Day registration is open for winter, but employees with upcoming benefits enrollment deadlines should attend the remaining 2017 Benefits Orientations on December 18 or 26.

Other orientation activities

The orientation process for new employees at the University of Washington has many facets and includes both required and recommended activities. In addition to University-sponsored training and orientations, your manager and department likely have their own onboarding procedures and activities. This checklist (PDF) may help you ensure a complete and successful orientation experience.

New supervisors should also attend SLP Supervisor Orientation to gain a deeper understanding of their role in human resources administration at the UW.

Additional opportunities

Succeeding at your job may require you to learn new concepts and develop additional skills. POD’s quarterly courses include a number of foundational courses in key areas, including communications, fiscal procedures, human resources administration, supervision, leadership, and personal growth.

If you are a new supervisor, you may have the opportunity to participate in the Strategic Leadership Program at no cost to you or your department.