Onboarding New Employees

Information for Managers

New employees usually arrive with a mix of excitement and nervousness about their roles, their colleagues and your expectations of them. From the first day on the job, you can give a new employee a sound footing by making sure she or he feels informed, comfortable, supported and prepared to begin work.

A well-planned approach to onboarding can help new members of Princeton University ’s staff acclimate to the University community and quickly become successful contributors.

We’ve provided you with several steps, organized by time period, to help you to facilitate your new employee’s understanding of the University and his or her department and position. You should determine which activities are relevant and tailor your orientation to meet the needs of the individual and the job.

New Employee Orientation

The most critical stage of the onboarding process is how you, the manager, prepare for the new employee. We hope you find these steps useful.

All benefits eligible staff members hired through the Office of Human Resources are scheduled to attend a weekly New Hire Orientation Program on the Monday morning of or following employee’s first day. These sessions run weekly throughout the year and are held in the seventh floor conference room in New South from 8:45 a.m. to 12 noon. (When a holiday falls on Monday, the orientation occurs on the next Tuesday.)

 During the orientation program, new employees will:

  • see a video about Princeton today and its rich history;
  • Find out about critical policies and procedures, and receive the staff handbook, “Working at Princeton”;
  • complete new hire paperwork necessary for onboarding;
  • learn about benefits offered at the University, including deadlines for enrollment; and
  • hear about services provided by the Office of Human Resources and other key offices.

Before going to their departments, new employees will be able to obtain their University ID card and arrange for their parking lot assignment, sticker and tag.

New Managers

New managers will be invited to attend the New Manager Orientation Program during the first few months of employment or following promotion.

Steps for Department Orientation

The most critical stage of the onboarding process is how you, the manager, prepare for the new employee. We hope you find these steps useful.

If you have questions or need help to organize a meaningful orientation, or, if you have additional ideas for the orientation process that you feel could be added to this list, contact a staffing or learning and development team member.