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WU Onboarding Program

Re­launch of the WU On­board­ing Pro­gram for new em­ploy­ees

On­board­ing refers to the start­ing and in­teg­ra­tion phase for new em­ploy­ees in an or­gan­iz­a­tion. Until now, there were two pro­grams aimed spe­cific­ally at re­cently hired em­ploy­ees: The half-day “Wel­come to WU” event and the Trainee Pro­gram (amount­ing to a total of 7 days). Be­cause of the lengthy dur­a­tion of the Trainee Pro­gram, not all new WU em­ploy­ees were able to at­tend (pre­requis­ites were that the em­ployee’s salary be paid from the global budget, that he or she be em­ployed for at least 1.5 years, and an ex­tent of em­ploy­ment of at least 50%).

These restric­tions, in ad­di­tion to the Per­son­nel Devel­op­ment and Plan­ning Of­fice’s re­spons­ib­il­ity to make a sig­ni­fic­ant con­tri­bu­tion to WU’s aus­ter­ity ef­forts (WU’s re­ac­tion to re­duced pub­lic fund­ing and the res­ult­ing long-term budget­ary con­sid­er­a­tions), led us to com­pletely over­haul and re­launch the WU on­board­ing pro­gram. Ef­fect­ive im­me­di­ately, the Trainee Pro­gram, which had proven to be ex­pens­ive and time-­con­sum­ing and did not reach all new em­ploy­ees, is be­ing re­placed by the new, more stream­lined, more flex­ible On­board­ing Pro­gram aimed at all new em­ploy­ees.

Four build­ing blocks to get off to a good start at WU

The first build­ing block, offered in co­oper­a­tion with the Per­son­nel Of­fice, is in­creased sup­port for de­cent­ral­ized

  • 1. On­board­ing meas­ures in new em­ploy­ees’ in­di­vidual work­places

In ad­di­tion to this in­creased sup­port, WU’s new On­board­ing Pro­gram con­sists of the fol­low­ing three com­pon­ents, out of which new em­ploy­ees are free to mix and match their choice of any or all of the pro­gram com­pon­ents:

  • 2. Wel­come2WU (with the Vice-Rector for Hu­man Re­sources)

  • 3. Strategy Day (with the Rector and the Vive-Rect­ors for Re­search and Aca­demic Pro­grams & Stu­dent Af­fairs, fol­lowed by a so­cial event)

  • 4. Work­shops se­lec­ted from the WU in-­house train­ing pro­gram

1. On­board­ing meas­ures in new em­ploy­ees’ in­di­vidual work­places

2. Wel­come2WU

3. Strategy Day (fol­lowed by a so­cial event)

4. Work­shops se­lec­ted from the WU in-­house train­ing pro­gram

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