University of Illinois at Chicago Human Resources
New Employee Orientation
All newly-hired Academic Professionals and Civil Service support staff employees should attend New Employee Orientation session within ten calendar days of their effective hire date. New Faculty members should visit the Faculty Affairs HR website for more information.
There is significant evidence across organizations to support the concept of a “NEO Process” rather than a one-time “orientation event.” Organizations implementing a NEO process increase the probability of achieving business goals, through engaged employees, more effectively and efficiently. The UIC NEO model, reflected below, depicts the orientation process with three key components.
- campus Information Session;
- benefits Information Session;
- department/unit Information Session.
UIC NEO Model
An important element of New Employee Orientation is the completion of initial benefits forms related to the selection of insurance plans. Please note: New employees who do not complete the initial benefits forms within the first ten calendar days of employment are restricted to the following:
- Enrollment in the State of Illinois health and dental plans (the Quality plans as opposed to the HMOs)
- Life insurance limited to annual salary.
- Coverage for the employee only. Dependents cannot be insured until the next enrollment period.
If a new employee is eligible for benefits and unable to attend New Employee Orientation within ten calendar days of the effective date of hire, the employee or a representative from the hiring department should contact the Benefits Center either on or before the employee's first work day. The Benefits Center general number is (312) 996-6471.