Professional & Organizational Development

Welcome Day employee orientation

New employees with home departments on the Seattle campus are required to attend Welcome Day, an orientation that 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.

In addition to a self-paced online course, this orientation includes a live Zoom session from 9–11 a.m., typically held every other Monday. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a link and instructions for the self-paced content. A Zoom link for the live session will be sent in the days leading up to the course.

Content includes:

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

For questions please contact welcomeday@uw.edu.

Please register:


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.