Orienting New Staff to the University

When staff begin their careers at Penn, it is our responsibility as managers to orient them to our culture and to help them become productive members of our community.

One of the goals of the New Staff Orientation Program is to help "set the stage" for new staff--to introduce Penn's mission and guiding philosophies, explain major University policies, and to describe available resources and services. The role of supervisors is to help acclimate staff to job duties and responsibilities, clarify unit procedures and performance expectations, and to provide ongoing support and guidance.

During the three-hour orientation, coordinated by Human Resources/Training and Organization Development, participants view a video introducing them to Penn's history, structure, mission, and resources and they listen to a variety of speakers on Penn's policies, programs, and services. At future sessions, I would like university leaders to extend a personal welcome to new staff and to discuss embracing a service philosophy critical to Penn's future as a world- renowned university. John Fry, Executive Vice President, has already agreed to assist.

It is important for all new staff to attend this program. Please ensure this happens in your area. An orientation is held every six weeks from 9 a.m. to noon in the Faculty Club. (The next one is scheduled for December 14. Below is the schedule through August 1996.) Although new staff receive specific registration information via mailings and during their benefits counseling session, we encourage you to schedule them as soon as you know their start dates by calling HR/Training and Organization Development at 898-3400.

If you have any questions about the orientation or can suggest ways to enhance it, please call Judy Zamost at 898-8387. Thanks for your support.

New Staff Orientation Schedule (Through August, 1996)

Orientation programs are held in the Club Room, lower level, at the Faculty Club from 9 a.m. to noon. To register a new employee, please call HR/Training and Organization Development at 898-3400.

-- Clint Davidson,Vice President, Human Resources


Tuesday, December 5, 1995
Volume 42 Number 14

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