Before You Join as a New Employee

Congratulations on your new position! This guide provides you with information you will need prior to your first day. For an overview of a typical onboarding journey, please reference the Onboarding Checklist for Employees.

Complete these steps:

  1. Complete any required pre-arrival documentation. Sign your appointment letter, confidentiality agreement and statement of ethical conduct. Provide your work permit if applicable.
  2. COVID-19 vaccine requirements - all University of Alberta Employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to human rights-based accommodations. Employment candidates must demonstrate during the recruitment process that they are Fully Vaccinated in accordance with the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Directive as a pre-condition of employment.
  3. Review the benefits plans and total compensation for your position so you are prepared to ask clarifying questions.
  4. Your supervisor will set up a video call to welcome you, build rapport, brief you on what to expect for the first days, weeks and quarter, as well as to provide an opportunity for you to ask questions.
    1. Think about what information will be beneficial to you so that you know what to expect. Prepare a list of any questions you have for your supervisor that you need answers to prior to your first day.
    2. Ensure you ask about access to your work location (some buildings have card access). If you are working remotely, discuss the steps you will need to take to get yourself set up.
    3. Ensure you have a scheduled time to arrive on your first day, where to go/meet and contact information for your supervisor.
  5. If applicable, plan your work commute. If you drive, you may need your appointment letter to apply for a parking permit. If you take transit, map out the nearest stop to your work location. If you bike, visit this website to learn more about bicycle racks, cages, and the bike sharing program.