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New Employee Orientation
Seattle Campus Classified & Professional Staff

Because there is so much for you to learn, we have divided orientation into two parts: New Employee Orientation and Benefits Orientation. You may attend the sessions in either order, but we strongly encourage you to attend Benefits Orientation during the first month of employment so you do not miss important enrollment deadlines.

New Employee Orientation

Register Now: New Employee Orientation will introduce you to our culture, shared values, leadership and key University policies. The orientation will also help you discover the many ways you earn more than a paycheck when you work at the UW. From taking courses in technology, art, or yoga during your lunch break to strolling along the famous Burke-Gilman Trail, or taking in the latest show at Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, there are many great ways to make connections at the University of Washington.

We strongly recommend the in-person orientation because it provides a more thorough and dynamic orientation to the UW. In addition, the in-person orientation gives you an opportunity to receive handouts and other materials, interact with other new employees, and ask questions. However, if you cannot attend the in-person orientation, you may opt to take the orientation online (Online New Employee Orientation).

Benefits Orientation

Register Now: As a University of Washington employee, you will receive a benefits package that provides excellent insurance coverage and retirement plan options. The decisions you make at the time of benefits enrollment will affect your insurance coverage and retirement plan participation. Therefore, it is important that you understand your enrollment options and complete the enrollment process within 31 days of your “benefits eligibility date” (normally the date you are placed on the UW payroll).

At your in-person Benefits Orientation you will receive a benefits packet that includes all of the documents needed for enrollment. Also, a Benefits & WorkLife staff member will be present to guide you through the enrollment process and answer questions.

The in-person orientation is strongly encouraged because in the session you will receive all the materials you need for enrollment and will have an opportunity to ask questions. However, if you cannot attend the in-person orientation, or if you wish to review enrollment information in advance, you can access the orientation online (Online Benefits Orientation).