New Employees

Congratulations on your new position! We’re excited that you’re joining the University, and will have the opportunity to bring your talent, skills and creativity to the engaging and important work we do here.

Your first few months at the University are a time when you will be getting to know your job, your department and how the University works. It’s also an important time to learn about and enroll in your benefits, discover the learning and educational opportunities available to you, and become familiar with the unique package of other perks and rewards that a world-class University can provide.

The University’s New Employee Welcome & Orientation program is a great first step along with local orientations and meeting with your local human resources (HR) department and manager. Please use the links on the right to sign up for an upcoming online Orientation session. You will be sent instructions for accessing the session a few days prior to your registered session. 

We encourage you to keep exploring and learning throughout your first year here, including getting to know the campus and meeting people. The information on this site and the related links on the right can serve as a guide. Welcome to Harvard!

  • Before you get here:
    • Register for a New Employee Welcome & Orientation session on or after your start date. 
    • Watch the Harvard Benefits Highlight videos to help with your Benefits selections.
  • First day logistics:
    • Consult with your new manager and/or local HR to see what paperwork you will need to bring on your first day as well as transportation questions.

New Employee Welcome & Orientation

New Employee Welcome & Orientation, open to all staff, provides you with an overview of your benefits and introduces you to the structure and culture of the University. The program also includes information about a variety of employee resources and perks and gives you a chance to ask questions. You are encouraged to watch the Harvard Benefits Highlight videos before attending.

Where: Online via Zoom. Register for a session through the links on the right. A few days before your session you will be sent an email with a link to your online session and instructions for using Zoom.

When: Select Mondays, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Accessibility Accommodations: If you are a participant who would like to request any special accommodations, please contact us at or 617-495-4895 prior to your session date.

If you have questions about Orientation or have trouble using the registration links, please contact In some units, the enrollment process is different, so please check with your local HR office first.