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Getting Started: Onboarding Series

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 This Month: Getting Started

Welcome to the University of Missouri System! This Onboarding Series is a month-by-month resource designed to connect new staff members with the resources they need in their first year. Starting a new position can be exciting and challenging, so our new employee checklists have been created to help you transition successfully. Check in with your supervisor before you begin using the checklist, as they may have already completed some tasks for you.

New staff members will need to enroll in benefits and enter work time and/or time off, so get to know myHR, our mobile-friendly employee portal where you can complete these tasks and more. To learn about myHR, view our guides and simulations:

For Supervisors

Our system transforms lives by collaborating to achieve mutual success.

The mission of the University of Missouri System, as a land-grant university and Missouri’s only public research and doctoral-level institution, is to achieve excellence in the discovery, dissemination, preservation and application of knowledge. With an unwavering commitment to academic freedom and freedom of expression, the University educates students to become leaders, promotes lifelong learning by Missouri’s citizens, fosters meaningful research and creative works, and serves as a catalyst for innovation, thereby advancing the educational, health, cultural, social and economic interests to benefit the people of Missouri, the nation, and the world. As you start your new position at the University, it’s helpful to understand the roots of our institution and where we’re headed. Watch the history video to learn more.

Trouble viewing the video? Click here to view on YouTube.

Stay current on all the latest news by following us on social media: MU, UMKC, Missouri S&T, UMSL and the UM System. Check other sources from your specific college, school or division. as well.

You are supported, valued and empowered.

As a full-time employee, you have 31 days from your hire date, or date of eligibility, to enroll in your insurance benefits. Visit enrolling in benefits for the first time to learn how to complete your enrollment. We encourage you to read researching insurance options before you enroll so you can be sure to choose the benefit options that are right for you. Remember, if you don't enroll within 31 days of your hire date, you will be defaulted to employee-only medical coverage int he Healthy Savings Plan.

Learn about two benefit options, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flex Spending Account (FSAs), by watching the HSA vs. FSA video below.


If you would like to discuss your options in more detail, schedule an appointment with your local benefits representative.

Learn, discover and innovate each day.

Percipio is the University’s online learning support tool, which is free to employees and accessible 24/7. It covers a wide variety of topics, including highly technical subjects like software application instruction to general skills such as time management and customer service. You’ll find information in a variety of formats to fit your needs, including videos, skill briefs, courses and books. Visit the Percipio website to learn more about accessing Percipio. Once you log into Percipio, check out these course offerings:

For Supervisors

IMPORTANT: Be sure to log into Percipio with your normal University ID and password and complete your assigned compliance training modules within 30 days of hire.

Compliance and regulatory trainings are assigned to you based on your role or the needs of the organization. 

Visit the Compliance and Regulatory Training page for more information. 

You work in a safe, inclusive, transparent environment.

Our University works to uphold the Inclusive Excellence Framework, which is our commitment to growing and sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment that supports our community members as they learn, live and work. Within this framework, all organizational structures, policies, processes and interpersonal relationships are informed by the central premise that inclusion, diversity and equity are forceful drivers in the institutional pursuit of UM System’s excellence.

Additionally, Tapestry is a biannual publication produced by the UM System Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in collaboration with diversity officers and communications staff from MU, UMKC, Missouri S&T and UMSL. Each edition highlights members of our University community who are engaged in creative and innovative efforts that impact diversity, equity and inclusion efforts systemwide.


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Reviewed 2022-01-14