Before Your First Day
Complete your new hire paperwork
The HR coordinator will be in touch with you to set up a time for you to come in prior to your start date to complete necessary paperwork. Please try to be available for this important appointment; attending will help to ensure that you get up and running on HMS systems as soon as possible.
Plan your commute
You probably made your way to your new office during the interviewing process, but now that you'll be coming here regularly it's a good time to check to make sure you've found the best way to get here.
Maps, Directions, and Commuting Assistance - Main Campus
- HMS maps and directions
- Directions to the Longwood Medical Area
- Personalized commute assistance to the LMA
- Contact information for parking at the HMS main campus
- Bicycle parking on the Harvard Longwood Campus
Parking at the Main Campus
You will not be able to get an official parking pass until you have your Harvard ID. For your first few days of work, if you are planning on getting a parking pass, with the approval of your department it is possible to get temporary access to parking until you receive your Harvard ID #.
Maps, Directions, and Commuting Assistance - Off Quad Office
Learn About the Area
An interactive map of the Longwood Medical Area showing the locations of banks, pharmacies, restaurants, and other amenities is available at: http://map.masco.org/.
Get ready for New Employee Orientation and the Harvard Longwood Campus Community Event
At HMS, New Employee Orientation has two main components: a session in Cambridge that happens on Mondays from 9:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., and a Harvard Longwood Campus Community Event. The HR coordinator will provide you with information and details about registering for these events. Make sure that your manager is apprised of the dates you will be attending.
Talk with your manager
Communication is critical during this initial period. Make sure you know when, where, and to whom to report on your first day. If your scheduled start date changes from the one listed on your offer letter, please notify the HR coordinator immediately.
Find out when you'll get your first paycheck
Most HMS administrative and support staff are paid on a biweekly schedule. Click here for a biweekly paycheck calendar for 2014. It is color coded; the squares marked "$" are the payday for the pay period of the same color.
Benefits Open Enrollment for 2015
Harvard’s annual benefits Open Enrollment for 2015 will take place in PeopleSoft starting at 8 a.m. on November 5, 2014 through 8 p.m. on November 19, 2014. Benefit elections you make during Open Enrollment will be effective January 1, 2015.
For Faculty, post docs, administrative and professional staff and other non-union staff members Harvard has announced several health plan changes. You can read more about the 2015 Benefits changes here.
To get much more out of the upcoming information sessions and the “big” Open Enrollment Guide, watch this informative video and take the self-assessment to hone in on the benefits options that might be right for you. It only takes 8-10 minutes and is available here.
Educational sessions will be held on the Harvard Longwood Campus and at the Primate Center, as well as WebEx sessions to cover the 2015 non-union benefit plan changes only.
For Union Members Open Enrollment highlights can be found here.