Finding Your Place at the Faculty and Staff Orientation

As home to more than 38,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, embarking on a new position at the university can feel like exploring a…

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As home to more than 38,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, embarking on a new position at the university can feel like exploring a new city, both literally and figuratively. Being surrounded by such a diverse and creative community can be at turns exciting, bewildering and motivating. Fortunately, new employees have the opportunity to pause and find their bearings at the Faculty and Staff Orientation.

The day begins in Lister Centre, where participants gathered around tables will notice a diverse mix of people from different faculties, departments and even campuses. This collaborative spirit is carried through to the presentations, hands-on activities and information gathering opportunities.

After sessions that address the organization as a whole and outline the University’s mission and structure delivered by university leadership, participants may find themselves working with colleagues to answer questions such as why the University’s colours are green and gold or how many Canadian Research Chairs are on campus.

Sessions that help new faculty and staff further understand key resources and supports available to them round out the day. Just before lunch, the information marketplace provides another way to engage with a variety of support units and services providers to learn about essential contacts, services and programs available to employees. Everything is designed to help employees find alignment with one-another and take stock of the resources available to them. For those still familiarizing themselves with they physical campus, there is even a campus tour (rain or shine!) to cap off the day.

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The most rewarding part of the orientation often comes from the perspective that is gained. As one of the facilitators of Orientation, Kim MacLock has seen this firsthand. I’ve had people tell me orientation confirmed that the institution is the right fit for them. Not only do new employees leave with a renewed sense of purpose and belonging, they are able to share that message with colleagues, students and the community.”

The Faculty and Staff Orientation happens three times a year and is facilitated by Human Resource Services. The next session will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2019. Visit the Faculty and Staff Orientation Event web page to register.