Guide to Onboarding - Support Staff


As the department/unit’s administrative support, it is your privilege to help welcome your department/unit’s new hire to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  You will play a particularly active, and very important, role in the new employee’s onboarding.  Onboarding is a process that begins prior to an employee’s start date and extends well into their first year of employment. 


Most new employees come to UW-L full of expectation and enthusiasm.  This fresh eagerness can either be nurtured or defeated depending on the first few days and weeks at the University.  It is a time when new employees learn and develop perceptions about the University, other employees, their job, responsibilities, and their supervisors.


Do you remember your first days as a new employee?  It was probably an exciting, yet somewhat hectic, time.  With your assistance, and that of the Human Resources Office, your department/unit’s new employee will be able to succeed in their new position sooner and feel a closer connection to UW-L and the La Crosse area.


Below is a checklist to assist you in your preparations for the arrival of a new employee.  All items may not apply to you, your new hire, and/or your department/unit.  Feel free to add or remove activities based on your department/unit’s needs.   Please coordinate with the new employee’s supervisor, as the supervisor may intend to perform some of the suggested tasks.

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