Your First Day

Your first day at a new job is an exciting experience. Below are some recommended activities for you to consider on your first day with the University.  

  • On or after your first day, you will need to log into Workday to complete the additional tasks of uploading your state tax election documentation, entering bank account information for direct deposit of pay, and to enroll in benefits, if applicable. The onboarding process is not complete until there are no more action items in your Workday® inbox and your onboarding worklet has disappeared.
  • Visit the training website to register for the next available Getting to Know UChicago orientation session, held every Wednesday at Human Resources (6054 South Drexel Avenue) in room 144.  This half day session begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 11:45 a.m.  Meet with your HR Partner or supervisor to receive your phone extension and information on how to activate your voicemail.
  • Request required building keys/card access for your work area through your HR Partner.
  • Introduce yourself to your new co-workers and other staff members.
  • Tour your building to identify restrooms, fire exits, conference rooms, supply room, and break areas.
  • Familiarize yourself with the University organizational structure and your departmental organization chart.
  • Visit the IT Services website to learn how to get connected to University systems.
  • If you have extra qualifiers in your email address (e.g. or, go here to have emails sent to your email to your department-specific email address.
  • Familiarize yourself with the University of Chicago's workforce time tracking system, Workday and enter your daily hours (biweekly staff) or monthly absences (monthly staff).
  • Clarify initial assignments with your manager.

The recommended actions above are guidelines from Human Resources.  As department HR practices may vary, please consult with your supervisor, HR Partner or department administrator for additional guidance.