Professional & Organizational Development

Welcome Day employee orientation


Due to current restrictions on in-person gatherings, Welcome Day sessions will not be held in-person at this time. Please register for a session to receive a link to an online course.


Welcome Day is currently being offered as an online self-paced course with videos and interactive components. 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), you are expected to complete Welcome Day within your first two weeks of employment.

For questions please contact welcomeday@uw.edu.


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.