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New Employee Orientation Program: EHRA Non-Faculty Permanent Employees

UNC-Chapel Hill offers the Welcome to Carolina orientation program for new permanent EHRA Non-Faculty employees. The classroom-based orientation provides an overview of the programs, services, policies and benefits offered by the University. EHRA Non-Faculty employees must attend a Welcome to Carolina session within 30 days of beginning work.

Orienting a New Employee to the University

A comprehensive and well-designed orientation is essential because it lays a foundation for the new employee’s entire career with the University. Orientation informs new employees about the University’s culture, mission, policies and procedures, provides them with concise and accurate information to make them more comfortable in the job, encourages confidence and helps them quickly adapt to the job. Orientation also develops realistic job expectations, positive attitudes and job satisfaction. Without an orientation, new employees sometimes feel uncomfortable in their new positions and take longer to reach full potential.

The Office of Human Resources, supervisors, departmental contacts and others are responsible for orienting the new employee to the organization.

Orientation is important because it does the following:

  • Provides new employees with concise and accurate information to make them more comfortable in the job
  • Encourages employee confidence and helps the new employee adapt faster to the job
  • Contributes to a more effective, productive workforce
  • Improves employee retention
  • Promotes communication between the supervisor and the new employee

New employees must be clear about their responsibilities at the University and given the tools needed to be successful in their jobs. A good orientation program takes time and effort, yet it is an important investment for hiring departments, new employees and the University.

The Orientation Checklist for New Employees and Orientation Checklist for Supervisors are intended to assist the department’s orientation efforts by highlighting the advantages and suggested content of a comprehensive orientation program.

Welcome to Carolina Orientation Program

Attendance at the Welcome to Carolina orientation program is required for all new permanent EHRA Non-Faculty employees within 30 days of the date of hire. Sessions are held every other Monday (or alternate day when the University is closed for a holiday). See below for registration instructions.


8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
100 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

8:30-9:00 a.m. – Parking & Registration
9:00-10:15 a.m. – EHRA Non-Faculty Programs, Policies & Services
10:15-10:30 a.m. – Stretch Break
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Benefits Review, Q&A and Forms Collection

Register Online

Registration for the program is completed by the school/division’s HR Office at the time of the job offer. It is recommended that registration be completed at least 72 hours before the session to ensure sufficient notice to the venue. To register an employee for the EHRA Welcome to Carolina New Employee Orientation session, Click Here.

Orientation Dates: July-August 2017

July 10th (Monday)

July 24th (Monday)

August 7th (Monday)

August 21st (Monday)

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If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Onboarding Specialist at orientationcoordinator@unc.edu.