Most employees start work on Monday and attend an orientation program that includes a video about Princeton University’s rich history and current status as one of the world’s most prestigious centers of higher education. If you don’t start work on a Monday, you should plan to attend the orientation session on the Monday following your start date.
If you are unable to attend the orientation, please contact us at (609) 258-3300 to make other arrangements.
New Hire Orientation Program: Your First Day
New Hire Orientation begins at 8:45 a.m. and lasts about three hours. It is held on the seventh floor of the New South
building. You can park without a fee in the West Garage (located near New South). A light breakfast is served.
During the orientation session, you’ll meet with several members of the Human Resources staff who will review with you:
- the paperwork needed to enter your personal information into the human resources/benefits/payroll system
- documentation that you must present to complete the I‒9 Employment Verification form;
- benefits plans and enrollment;
- other great services available to you through Human Resources;
- how to get your University identification TigerCard and permit to park in one of the University’s no–fee parking lots; and
- critical University policies and procedures, including vacation, use of technology resources and standards of conduct.
During the new hire orientation, an HR staff member will collect your forms that are in the New Hire Binder
When You First Go to Your Department
After the orientation session, you’ll go to your department. For the rest of the day, you’ll continue to learn more about your job, manager, new colleagues, your work area and how to get around the campus.
Some of the things you might do on your first day include:
- meet your new coworkers, other people in your department and, if any, the people you will manage;
- get a tour of the office or work area;
- review the University and department websites;
- be introduced to the University’s email system and other computer applications you might use
- talk with your supervisor about your role and job responsibilities;
- learn about time off, the University’s holiday schedule, call–in procedures for unscheduled absences, how attendance is recorded and overtime policies, if applicable;
- learn about safety policies and procedures, and how to find out about weather emergencies that may close certain departments;
- have lunch with your manager, supervisor or someone else in your department; and
- order business cards, if appropriate.
You might also get a lot of other information on your first day, including your department’s staff list and organization chart, the department calendar, guides and manuals for your department, a campus directory and map and other University publications.
Your First Week
The rest of your first week will be busy, too. During this time, you’ll gain a better understanding of the University, your department, your job, your role and your goals.
Your department head or supervisor may give you an overview of the University’s overall mission and how the goals and initiatives of your department support that mission. You’ll begin to learn about the University’s culture and standards as well as your own department’s standards for confidentiality, teamwork, professional behavior, conflict of interest and communication. Your manager may also discuss the University’s probationary period for new employees, if applicable to your job, and how you will be evaluated during this period.
You’ll probably learn the protocols for telephone calls, e–mail, voice mail, using the Internet and scheduling meetings. Within your department, you’ll begin to become familiar with standard operating procedures, where central files are located, who to see for supplies, and how to mail internal and external information and packages.
If You are a New Manager
If you’re a new manager
, you’ll begin to become acquainted with the backgrounds, goals and performance of your staff. You will have an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the probationary period for nonexempt staff and how to conduct evaluations during that period as well as the process of approving staff time using the Time Collection System
, if applicable.
If you manage employees under a collective bargaining agreement, you should become familiar with that agreement, too.
Again, welcome to Princeton University. If you ever need assistance, you can count on support from knowledgeable and responsive HR staff when you have a question or problem. Just call or send us an e–mail. We’re here to help!