New Employee Orientation

New Employee Orientation has Changed!

For the past several years, the 2-day training involved a parade of short presentations from various department representatives to acquaint new employees with university services, benefits, and compliance training.  Feedback revealed that this approach offered too much information too soon, and after waiting weeks to fill the job managers and employees alike were anxious to get to work, not sit in a classroom for two days.  As a result, new employee orientation (NEO) is now a 4-hour class and the remaining 12 hours of content was moved into a new, online University Onboarding course in Canvas.  Now, new employees can work at their own pace to complete the course within their first 120-days on the job. 

The Orientation class is held every other Tuesday  in Colvard 5092 for all new staff (EHRA and SHRA) and adjunct faculty (who start after Faculty Orientation).  The session welcomes new employees and teaches them how to navigate the Onboarding course.  After a campus bus tour and a lunch break, participants have the option of attending a 2-hour Benefits Enrollment Lab.  Here, Benefits Counselors will be available to answer questions and guide employees through the benefits election process in a computer lab.

The Onboarding course  is grouped into 6 modules; each module can easily be completed within 1-hour.  Also included are monthly checklists for the employee and manager to provide consistency and structure to the departmental onboarding process. The course includes discussion boards, short eLessons, and engaging “Campus Connection Events”.  These mini field trips to key locations on campus provide valuable opportunities for new employees to become involved in the campus community and develop strong social connections.  Why does that matter?  Research reveals that doing so leads to higher retention, performance, and engagement. Who doesn't’t want that? 

The Campus Connection events described below last 1-hour and are integrated throughout the course as described below. Click here for the annual schedule of events.

  1. 60-days after orientation, employees meet for a guided tour of the Popp-Martin Student Union and receive a free meal voucher for on-campus dining.
  2. 90-days after orientation, employees reconnect for a guided tour of an athletic facility (football stadium in summer 2 & fall semesters; basketball arena in spring & summer 1 semesters). Employees receive a free ticket for either a football or basketball game, depending on the current season.
  3. 120-days after orientation, employees gather for a guided tour of Belk Gym and receive a five-day access voucher.
  4. ~365-days after orientation, employees and their managers are invited to reconnect once more for a 1-year anniversary reception.

What’s Next:  New employees will receive an invitation to attend Orientation and the Onboarding course in their email account.  New employees must “accept” the course invitation from Canvas.  They may begin exploring the first two introductory modules right away- even before their first day of work.

  • In Module 1: Getting Started they will learn about the history of UNC Charlotte
  • In Module2: Employee Benefits they can explore the many benefit options with loved ones

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