Total Talent Management

New employee onboarding

Welcoming a new employee is an important task for any hiring manager. You’re responsible for introducing the new hire to their position’s responsibilities along with policies, processes, your unit’s unique environment and the UW culture.  Successful onboarding ensures that a new employee feels welcomed, increases the speed at which the employee learns their new job, and builds the UW’s reputation as a great place to work.

Onboarding Toolkit

Get started by downloading the Onboarding Toolkit, an invaluable resource developed by Professional & Organizational Development. The toolkit includes checklists and tips that help ensure your new hire is set up for success.

DOWNLOAD The onboarding toolkit

Orientations for new employees

As your new employee begins their career, make sure to encourage their participation in orientations that introduce them to the basics of working at UW, their UW benefits package, and our campus culture:

  • Welcome Day, the improved orientation that combines the Benefits and New Employee Orientations, launched in January 2018 and is required for all new benefits-eligible staff on our Seattle campus. This orientation provides a great opportunity for employees to meet others embarking on their UW journey; learn about the University mission, culture, and perks; receive benefits information; and, for eligible employees, talk with union representatives from SEIU 925 and WFSE. Due to benefits enrollment deadlines, new employees should attend during their first few weeks of employment. Academic Personnel, the medical centers, UW Medicine, UW Bothell and UW Tacoma host their own orientations; those employees may attend Welcome Day in its entirety or simply attend the benefits portion (registration is still required).
  • ONE UW is an online orientation helping new staff on the Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma campuses prepare for their first day at work and beyond.
  • SLP Supervisor Orientation is strongly recommended for new supervisors to gain a deeper understanding of their role in human resources administration at the UW.
  • UW Medicine New Employee Orientation is a required training for Medical Centers employees that welcomes new employees to the organization’s mission, vision, and values. This program assists employees in gaining a sense of who we are and what it means to be a member of UW Medicine. It also fulfills many of our regulatory-related training requirements and must be completed within 30 days of hire. Most new Medical Centers employees are automatically registered for this event and typically attend on their first day of employment.