New Employees

New Employees

Welcome to UVA! Human Resources is here to help you get settled, and will remain supportive throughout your time at UVA for career development, benefits, wellness, and much more. Explore these helpful resources to get acclimated to UVA and your new community. Call UVA HR anytime, we're here to help.

Why UVA?

Get to know your new community! Learn more about our institution, missions, and traditions. You can also find information about Moving & Relocating, such as public school information, and Dual Career resources for faculty and staff spouses and partners.

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Depending on your employment status, you have the option to enroll in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS), Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), or Medical Center Retirement Program (MCRP). Through these programs, you also get benefits like life insurance, disability coverage, long-term care benefits, and survivor benefits.

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UVA Health Plan

You have up to 3 health plan options (depending on your employee type) – Basic, Value, or Choice Health – to meet your and your family's needs. Changes can be made during an Annual Enrollment period each October or after a major life change, like a change in marital status, an addition to the family, or a leave of absence.

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Life Insurance

If you are enrolled in a UVA retirement plan (VRS, ORP, or MCRP), if you are Housestaff, or a Postdoctoral Fellow, you already have basic life insurance coverage at no cost to you.

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Onboarding Checklist For New Employees

Work with your manager to complete the Onboarding Checklist, which details several forms to complete prior to your first day of work, when to attend orientation, and more.

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Orientation For New Employees

  • Grounds For Success Orientation (Academic Division)

    Grounds For Success Orientation begins with a half-day in-person program on or close to your first day of employment. It’s an amazing way to meet your new colleagues and get familiar with UVA’s structure and environment.

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  • Health System Orientation (HSO)

    Health System employees attend a specific department-based orientation that begins with a Health System Orientation (HSO) general session, and is followed by two days of Orientation to Patient Care (OPC) if applicable. RN's (except Clinician 1s and Travelers) are required to attend Nursing Clinical Onboarding three to seven weeks after the first week of hire.

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  • New Executive Network (Academic Division Execs)

    In addition to attending the Grounds For Success Orientation, all recently hired executives, Vice Presidents, Deans, and various guests are invited to attend networking opportunities each semester.

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The University of Virginia cares about your wellness. Learn about our wellness programs and the tools available to help your financial, emotional, and physical well being.

  • Hoos Well

    Hoo’s Well offers opportunities and resources that can help you meet your personal wellness goals and be your best self. We encourage you to participate in our comprehensive wellness program, which supports your physical, emotional and financial wellbeing.

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  • Earn Rewards

    Once you complete a challenge or journey, you will be rewarded instantly. No more waiting! Rewards will come in the form of gift cards (there will be a huge selection of retailers to choose from) and you will receive an electronic gift card code, available for instant redemption. You will also have the option of cashing in rewards incrementally OR “banking” them for a larger dollar amount later in the year.

    All employees and spouses on the UVA Health Plan are eligible to participate. Each employee and/or spouse can earn up to $500 during the campaign period which will run from January through November, 2019.

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  • Physical Wellness

    UVA Hoo’s Well provides a wide array of programs and resources for supporting a holistic healthy lifestyle that includes physical activity and good nutrition through all stages of life.

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  • Emotional Wellness

    Hoo’s Well offers resources to help build these elements and support your emotional wellness. We provide professional counseling services, opportunities to engage with UVA colleagues to build stronger connections, and community volunteer programs that provide positive social interactions.

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  • Financial Wellness

    Take advantage of financial pop-up classes, UVA Financial Counseling, and Tools from the UVA Community Credit Union.

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Career Development

Career development is a lifelong process of learning, working, and managing professional transitions. As an employee you can access many resources and programs to enrich your knowledge and develop your skills. Visit our Talent Development site to customize your development goals, learn about opportunities at the University, and take assessments to discover new skills.

  • Learning & Development Team

    The Learning and Development Team provides a professional learning community to fosters partnerships that drive a culture of trust, respect, diversity, life-long learning, and service excellence that inspires shared leadership.

  • Lynda - Take advantage of a free subscription to Lynda through the UVA Library! Topics include Growing Your Career, Fundamental Skills for Workplace Success, and Leadership Skills for Managers.

  • Performance Management at UVA

    Employee Performance Management is a collaborative, ongoing process between a manager and an employee to plan for, develop, and evaluate the employee’s work. You will establish tangible and measurable goals, conduct regular evaluations, and take part in regular talent development opportunities.

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