Professional & Organizational Development

Welcome Day employee orientation


Effective October 4, Welcome Day will return to an in-person presentation. In the meantime, new employees should complete the online course in order to receive vital information in a timely manner (please register to receive a link). After October 4, the online version will continue to be available for those unable to attend an in-person session.


New employees with home departments on the Seattle campus are required to attend this in-person orientation that also explores the UW Employee Benefits package and the importance of creating and maintaining an inclusive learning and work environment. Register for an upcoming workshop and explore other orientation activities and resources.

Content includes:

  • Perks and opportunities
  • Health and safety
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Addressing discrimination and harassment
  • Benefits
  • Union information

Note: If your position is represented by a union (SEIU 925, WSFE or UAW 4121-PostDocs), you are required to complete this training within 72 hours and follow the link within the online training to register for the next available online workshop with your specific to your union. If you are Professional Staff (ProStaff) in a non-union affiliated position, you are expected to complete Welcome Day within your first two weeks of employment.

For questions please contact welcomeday@uw.edu.

If you’re unable to attend an in-person session:

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 New Employee 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.