First Month - Human Resources at Ohio State

New Employee Onboarding

A guide for new employees

First Month

During your first month at Ohio State, continue to learn about the university, your unit and the people around you.

Benefits Overview

Review the Benefits Overview Book for new hires to learn more about Ohio State’s benefits. The Office of Human Resources also offers live webinars and recorded presentations to help you prepare for your benefit selections.


You have 30 days from your eligibility date to enroll in optional benefits. See more about how to enroll.

Dependent Eligibility Verification

If you enroll your dependents in your health care coverage, a dependent eligibility verification packet will be mailed to your home address following enrollment. Alight conducts dependent eligibility verifications on behalf of Ohio State. The verification packet will provide information on acceptable forms of documentation to verify your dependent’s eligibility. Failure to provide complete documentation by the specified deadline will result in coverage termination for any dependent(s) not verified.


Employees of Ohio public colleges and universities do not participate in Social Security, other than contributions to Medicare. You are automatically enrolled in the appropriate state retirement system, OPERS (staff) or STRS (faculty). You will receive information directly from the state retirement system. If eligible, you have 120 days to elect Ohio State’s Alternative Retirement Plan (ARP). If you decide to remain in OPERS or STRS, you have until your 180th day to select a plan within OPERS or STRS. See more about retirement options.

Life Insurance

Complete beneficiary information for university-paid life insurance and additional voluntary group term life insurance (VGLTI) in Workday.

Employee Wellness

Explore Your Plan for Health (YP4H), Ohio State’s employee wellness program that provides tools and resources for living a healthy life. YP4H gives participants an opportunity to earn rewards, including medical plan premium creditHealth Reimbursement Account (HRA) credits and PulseCash. You earn these rewards with healthy behaviors, such as completing a health assessment with biometrics, tracking physical activity and participating in wellness programs.

[review the Benefits Overview for new hires]

  • Discuss with your manager:
    • Check-in meeting after first 30-days
    • Observations, issues and priorities
    • Questions and concerns
    • Receiving timely, on-going, meaningful “everyday” feedback
    • Completed training and additional training opportunities
    • Professional development plan and performance goals
    • Completed onboarding meetings and work on initial assignments
  • Schedule and conduct recurring one-on-one meetings with key partners.
  • Continue meeting key people and attending relevant events.
  • Meet with your onboarding partner, mentor or a friend to review your first weeks and ask questions.
  • Attend other business unit/department meetings.

In BuckeyeLearn, consider signing up for the below in-person or online courses:

  • Reflect on information shared at New Employee Orientation session (university, medical center or unit). Do you need additional information on topics of interest?
  • Ask your HR professional or manager to ensure you are signed up for all required/necessary training and if there are specific unit or department courses you should take.
  • Engage in workshops or browse the many resources on Gateway to Learning, including articles, videos, books, TedTalks and online tools.
  • Review Manage Your Performance resources including the Individual Development Plan, and talk with your manager about the plan and learning through experience, exposure and education.
  • In BuckeyeLearn, the university’s learning management system, review the following trainings:
  • View the Department of Public Safety’s Active Aggressor video

It is the responsibility of all individuals to identify and familiarize themselves with all applicable university and unit policies. Listed below are a few key university policies that should be reviewed during the early days of your employment. Please note, the top of each policy indicates if the particular policy applies to faculty, staff and/or student employees.

Public Sector Responsibilities

[view a complete list of university policies]