Within Your First Month

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Timeline Checklist: Within Your First Month

Attend Harvard University Orientation and the Harvard Longwood Campus Orientation and Networking Event

  • Harvard University Orientation
    • the Harvard University orientation occurs most Mondays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Cambridge
    • covers your benefits and other topics common to all Harvard University Employees
    • if you are located in the Longwood Medical Area and already have your Harvard ID, the M2 shuttle is the most convenient way to get there. Click here for schedule.
      Note: You must have your permanent Harvard ID to board the M2.  If you do not yet have your Harvard ID on the day of your orientation, M2 vouchers are available through your HR Coordinator.
    • Details including a map can be found here.
  • HLC Orientation and Networking Event
    • the HLC Orientation and Networking Event occurs from 9:30a.m. to 12:00p.m.
    • check-in begins at 9:15a.m.
    • introduction to HLC resources, training and development opportunities and networking possibilities
    • register in PeopleSoft. Self service>learning and development>request training enrollment>category HLC>course number PRO050, next available session

Sign up for your benefits

An enrollment guide will be mailed to your home address shortly after you are hired. If you do not receive this packet within a week of your first day at work, call the Benefits Services Group at 617-496-4001. You have 30 days from your date of hire to make your benefits choices. You can enroll for your benefits using PeopleSoft, by following these instructions (Harvard ID and PIN required for access).

Determine Your Learning Goals

You and your manager should be discussing what you will need to learn in order to do your job effectively. This can include getting to know people in your department or throughout HMS, the University, and beyond, as well as familiarizing yourself with programs, policies and procedures, and software applications. Resources for training include:

Find out what systems you may need access to

In some roles you may need access to more systems than you gain just by having an eCommons ID and a Harvard PIN. Your manager should be able to help you to identify these and to help you gain access to them.

Explore Harvard's Intranets

Harvard is a famously decentralized organization. Not only is there an intranet for Harvard University as a whole, but most schools have their own school-specific intranet to serve their employees.

  • HARVie is Harvard's Intranet for Employees. It is extremely comprehensive and is well worth exploring. The page for new employees may be especially helpful to you. Requires your Harvard ID # and PIN.
  • eCommons is your portal to a variety of information at HMS. Click here for a quick reference guide.


Referral Bonus Program

Click here to find out how to earn a $2,000 referral bonus for key positions.

Transit Gallery

Members of the HMS community are invited to view a new exhibit, Beyond the Diagnosis, which features portraits of people with rare diseases by artists from around the world.


These works will be on display from Nov. 4 through Dec. 15.

This event is sponsored by the HMS Office of Human Resources.  Contact Tania Rodriquez with any questions (tania_rodriguez@hms.harvard.edu).