CU Boulder’s Onboarding Philosophy

The purpose of onboarding is to move new employees to higher levels of productivity faster. Our campus onboarding philosophy is based on the research of Mark Stein and Lilith Christiansen which encompasses the entire first year experience of a new employee. Onboarding is a process, not an event.

 The four pillars that support our onboarding philosophy are: Graphic showing the four pillars and phases of onboarding

  • Cultural Mastery
  • Interpersonal Network Development
  • Strategy Immersion & Direction
  • Early Career Support 

 The four phases of onboarding a new employee will move through during the first year are:

  • Prepare
  • Orient
  • Integrate
  • Excel

What to expect from:

CU Boulder Campus HR is here to help you with a year-long series of programs to help increase your understanding of CU Boulder’s culture, operations, mission, vision and initiatives. We will provide:

  • The New Employee Welcome Experience, day-long experience to introduce you to campus
  • CU Discover Series, a series of sessions that offer opportunities to dive deeper into the initiatives, mission and operations of CU Boulder.
  • Email Communications with information to help you navigate your first year
  • Web-based information to help connect you to the resources available to you as a new employee

Learn more about the New Employee Welcome Experience

Medical, dental, vision, disability and retirement benefits are administered by Employee Services, the CU System office that serves all four campuses.

Go to the Benefits Website

Department-level onboarding programs vary across campus. Talk to your supervisor or campus Payroll and Personnel Liaison about what to expect.

What is expected of you:

There are things your will need to do and should do to prepare for your first day at CU Boulder. 

  • Ensure you have a signed offer letter, have passed the background check(s) and have identified a start date with your supervisor.
  • Talk with your new supervisor and make sure you understand what time and where to arrive for your first day, transportation & parking options and dress code expectations.  
  • Start to explore the resources on this site and view the New Employee Checklist.