New Hire Resources Your First Weeks
Meet people important to your role, whether in your department or in other areas of campus.
Learn College and departmental procedures and practices, which could range from clarifying expectations related to timecard submission or requesting time off to specific practices related to your position.
Review and update your directory information in Westmont’s Faculty & Staff Directory, where you can enter your emergency contacts of Westmont's IRIS alerts, ensure your permanent address in the College's records is correct; make any edits to your address and identify the visibility for your information.
As a new Westmont employee, remember that you have 31 days from your hire date to enroll yourself and your eligible dependents in Westmont’s benefits programs. Check out our benefits offerings at the Benefits Website.
It’s never too late—or too soon—to start saving for your future! Take advantage of Westmont's 403b plan from the start of your employment, which allows you to contribute a percentage of your salary on a before-tax basis so you may invest in your retirement. Certain employees may be eligible for the College’s matching contributions immediately—details will be provided during orientation.
As you gain familiarity with your new department as well as your new position, the logistical questions will fade away and most likely will be replaced with more strategic questions. The questions below could be useful to ask your manager, or a friend or co-worker in your department:
- Clarify your manager's communication preferences, such as: How should I follow up with you or keep you informed of my progress? When I need to ask for direction, do you prefer an email or speaking in person?
- What are the departmental procedures and practices I need to know?
- Examples: birthday celebrations, staff meetings, using the departmental purchase (credit) card, how information is disseminated, how to update or submit an update to the department's web site, etc.
- If you have not yet seen an organization chart, ask: May I see or get a copy of the organization chart for our department? If there isn't a formal chart, who are the people and groups I'll be primarily working with? What is the protocol for meeting them (e.g., should I call or propose a meeting)?
- What are the primary goals and priorities for our department for this year?
- How and when will my performance be reviewed?
- Clarify times when you need to get your manager's decision or approval and times when you may make your own decision. Additionally, identify who the key stakeholders are and what types of decisions affecting departmental programs or services need others input.