Your First Day as a New Employee

Exciting. Overwhelming. Important. First days are all of these things. Here are some items to do as you get to know your new supervisor, co-workers and your new position.

  1. Meet with your supervisor to discuss:
    1. Your role, who you’ll work with, where you’ll work and what resources are available to you.
    2. The structures, systems and culture of the university, your college and faculty, or administrative unit.
    3. Key stakeholders in the faculty, colleges and administrative streams.
    4. Your supervisor's expectations for you in the first 30, 60 and 90 days.
  2. Introduce yourself! Start meeting people you will be working with.
    1. Meet with your peer coach for a tour of the area and get to know your team
    2. If you are hiring into a managerial position, hold meetings with all of your staff to gain a sense of current priorities, projects and issues.
  3. Set yourself up with the right access.
    1. Prior to your start date, you will receive an email with your CCID. This ID is your all-access login for everything on ualberta.ca as well as your computer login. If you did not receive an email containing your CCID prior to your first day, please contact your supervisor for support.
    2. Learn how to connect to the university’s Wi-Fi system if you’re working on campus.
    3. Set up direct deposit through Bear Tracks.
    4. Get a ONEcard.
    5. Set up your Sun Life benefits account online; instructions will be emailed to you within your first week.
    6. Test your security cards/swipe access (if required).
    7. Enroll in benefits on Bear Tracks. Depending on your employee type, within your first few weeks, your benefits representative will send you an email containing your benefits information and how-tos.
  4. Complete the Security and Privacy Employee Training, and fill out the declaration of completion when you receive the email from Information Services and Technology.
  5. Review the Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment Reporting and Assessment Procedure and complete the Disclosure Report for your supervisor’s review.
  6. Explore the Human Resources, Health, Safety and Environment website.
  7. Review the terms and conditions of your employee type.
  8. Write down any questions you may have and ask them of your supervisor or peer coach.