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 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 is a great first step along with local orientations and/or meeting with your local human resources (HR) department and manager.

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

  • Before you get here: Register for New Employee Welcome & Orientation. Slots fill quickly.
  • 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 employees, introduces you to the structure and culture of the University, highlights our benefits, perks and opportunities, and gives you a chance to ask questions and meet other new colleagues. You do not need to bring anything, but you are strongly encouraged to watch our Harvard Benefits Highlight videos before attending.

Where: Center for Workplace Development (CWD), 124 Mt Auburn Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3318 Cambridge. Directions.

When: Held most Mondays, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.; continental breakfast at 8:45 a.m. Upcoming dates:

  • March 25
  • April 8
  • April 22
  • April 29

(More dates coming soon)

Registration is required: You may register yourself (or a manager may register an employee) for an upcoming session - click HERE to register.

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

CWD will try to accommodate your first choice, but space is limited and sessions fill quickly. CWD will send a confirmation email to the address provided in the registration request; check with your manager or local HR office for date, if a request was made on your behalf.

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