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Welcome Center manager resources

Welcome Center manager resources

These resources will help you understand your role and the role of the Welcome Center in onboarding your new staff hire.

Important change: Effective March 16, the Welcome Center will change to be primarily virtual, with new hires attending for a short period of time in the morning to complete core tasks, then reviewing online topics during their first week. Zoom office hours will be held to provide individualized support. Managers: instruct your new hire where to go/what to do when their tasks are completed at the abbreviated Welcome Center, and identify lunch plans for their first day since they will not be in the Welcome Center for the full day. Review details.


The Welcome Center reduces the burden on local HR teams and helps enable your new hire to be work-ready beginning on day two. Review this information for a smooth and successful onboarding experience for your new hire, which benefits you, your organization and the university.

Orientation Dates and Agenda

The Welcome Center orientation occurs every Monday with the following exceptions;

  • Tuesday, September 3, 2019 (Labor Day)
  • No Welcome Center December 23 & 30, 2019 (Winter Closure)
  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020 (Martin Luther King, Jr Day)
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020 (President's Day)
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020 (Memorial Day)

Please review the agenda to see the general content of the session.

New Hire Eligibility

The Welcome Center is for new staff, including bargaining unit and academic staff, who are benefits-eligible, have successfully completed a Stanford background check, and whose first day of work is on the day of a Welcome Center orientation.

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New Hire Enrollment

All it takes is a completed enrollment form from your school or unit HR team and the Welcome Center will handle the rest.

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Welcome Center roles and content

The Welcome Center takes care of several transactional and operational items in the onboarding process, and introduces new staff hires to many of the resources and benefits available to them as a Stanford employee.

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Review some of the most common questions regarding onboarding at the Welcome Center.

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